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Retirement prospects of the baby boom generation: a different perspective



Retirement prospects of the baby boom generation: a different perspective



Gerontologist 30(6): 776-783



We examine the average economic status of baby boom cohorts as they approach retirement chiefly using data on their life cycle income experience to date. Contrary to popular impression, baby boomers are likely to enter old age in an even better economic position than pre-boom cohorts. Economic and demographic adjustments that they made, such as deferred marriages, reduced childbearing, and increased labor force participation of wives, have compensated for their relatively low wage rates. Potential downside effects of reduced childbearing regarding Social Security and health care prospects are discussed.

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DOI: 10.1093/geront/30.6.776


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