International Handbook on Old-Age Insurance (Hardcover)

International Handbook on Old-Age Insurance By Fred C. Pampel, Martin B. Tracy Cover Image

International Handbook on Old-Age Insurance (Hardcover)

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One measure of public program response to rapidly expanding older populations is the approach to old-age pensions under social insurance, social assistance, and provident fund systems. Social insurance is clearly the preferred method of meeting the income needs of the elderly, but historical, as well as current social and economic conditions are forcing many nations to reevaluate the characteristics of viable and sustainable social insurance programs. This has led to a variety of innovations in old-age pension programs development, including revised benefit formulas, raised retirement ages, increased income testing, and expanded reliance on private occupational supplemental programs.

The essays in this new international handbook analyze the impact of the economic, social, and cultural effects of aging populations on government social insurance policies. They offer a perspective on how twenty different countries have approached income maintenance programs for the elderly. Collectively, the contributors demonstrate how governments, non-governmental entities, communities, and families respond to changes in traditional income and social service support systems. They provide not only descriptions of existing programs, but also a better understanding of the factors that gave rise to their distinct characteristics. This important new collection will be required reading for everyone involved in elderly services.
MARTIN B. TRACY is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa. He has authored Social Policies for the Elderly in the Third World (Greenwood Press, 1991), Retirement Age Practices in Ten Industrial Societies, and numerous articles. FRED PAMPEL is Professor of Sociology and Senior Research Associate at the Population Program at the University of Colorado. He is the co-author of Age, Class, Politics, and the Welfare State and Social Change and the Aged.
Product Details ISBN: 9780313261374
ISBN-10: 0313261377
Publisher: Greenwood
Publication Date: August 26th, 1991
Pages: 272
Language: English