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Unequal wealth and incentives to save

Author: James P Smith
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 1995.
Series: Documented briefing (Rand Corporation), DB-145-RC.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Two recent surveys of household wealth funded by the National Institute on Aging, one of households containing people ages 51-61 and the other of households containing at least one person over age 70, show not only tremendous racial and ethnic disparities in wealth but also great disparities between the poor and the wealthy that are not fully accounted for by differences in income. Household wealth is adversely  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Smith, James P., 1943-
Unequal wealth and incentives to save.
Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 1995
(OCoLC)646960239
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James P Smith
ISBN: 083302289X 9780833022899
OCLC Number: 32994865
Description: iii, 37 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm.
Series Title: Documented briefing (Rand Corporation), DB-145-RC.
Responsibility: James P. Smith.

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Two recent surveys of household wealth funded by the National Institute on Aging, one of households containing people ages 51-61 and the other of households containing at least one person over age 70, show not only tremendous racial and ethnic disparities in wealth but also great disparities between the poor and the wealthy that are not fully accounted for by differences in income. Household wealth is adversely affected by family breakup, worsening health, and stringent asset tests that provide a disincentive for the poor to save. Although middle-aged people seem to have savings adequate for retirement, those in their 20s and 30s do not. Our long-run policy goals should be to place realistic limits on Social Security and Medicare, to encourage private savings through such moves as a consumption tax and a mandatory Provident-type fund, and to change asset limits in means-tested programs for the poor.

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