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Older and Out of Work: Jobs and Social Insurance for a Changing Economy

By: Randall W. Eberts and Richard A. Hobbie (eds.)
Published: September 2008
This volume of papers grew out of NASI's 18th Annual Conference, held in January, 2006, and co-chaired by Richard A. Hobbie of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, Susan M. Daniels of Daniels and Associates, and Gloria T. Johnson of the Labor Coalition for Community Action. The purpose of the conference was to assemble labor and public policy experts to focus on the recent experience of older workers, review current policies that address their needs, identify gaps in the current workforce programs, and offer recommendations on how to fill those gaps.

This volume explores the labor market characteristics of older workers and critiques the effectiveness of workforce programs in addressing the needs of this growing segment of our population. The collection of research included advances our understanding of the labor market experiences of older workers and points out some deficiencies in our current workforce programs.

Chapters in the volume include:
1. Introduction – Randall W. Eberts and Richard A. Hobbie
2. The Consequences of Recent Job Growth on Older Low-Income Workers – William M. Rodgers III
3. Age Discrimination and Hiring: Evidence from a Labor Market Experiment – Joanna N. Lahey
4. Reemployment and Earnings Recovery among Older Unemployment Insurance Claimants – Christopher J. O’Leary and Randall W. Eberts
5. The Fraction of Disability Caused at Work – Robert T. Reville and Robert F. Schoeni
6. Disability and Retirement among Aging Baby Boomers – Ralph E. Smith
7. Health Coverage for Aging Baby Boomers: Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Survey of Older Adults – Sara R. Collins, Karen Davis, Cathy Schoen, Michelle M. Doty, and Jennifer L. Kriss
8. Improving Health Coverage before Medicare – Paul N. Van de Water
9. Time to Retire the Normal Retirement Age? – Joseph White
10. Public and Private Strategies for Assisting Older Workers – Carl Van Horn, Kathy Krepcio, and Neil Ridley

$40 cloth / $18 paper / 237 pp. / 2008

Available from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.