Overtime: America's Aging Workforce and the Future of Working Longer

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Oxford University Press, USA
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7.3 X 10.08 X 1.19 inches | 1.74 pounds

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About the Author
Lisa F. Berkman is Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) and the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is an internationally recognized social epidemiologist whose work focuses extensively on social and policy influences on population health and health equity. Her research orients toward understanding inequalities in health related to working conditions, social and economic policies, and social networks and isolation. Beth Truesdale is a research fellow at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and a visiting scientist at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Dr. Truesdale is a sociologist whose research focuses on inequalities in work and aging, the future of retirement, and the effects of social institutions and public policies on Americans' well-being.

Americans work longer and have the shortest retirements among rich nations. How long can we postpone raising pensions by falsely hoping Americans can work even longer? Drs. Truesdale and Berkman bring together experts with an answer in this well-researched book. -- Teresa Ghilarducci, PhD, Director, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis

Berkman and Truesdale brilliantly reframe an essential policy question: Should we promote working longer? Convening experts across the social sciences, this volume illuminates growing inequalities and pushes us to consider the current realities for younger workers in assessing this question. Overtime provides an innovative, compelling, and critical perspective on modern work. -- Erin Kelly, PhD, Professor, MIT Sloan, and Co-Director, MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research

As global aging advances, efforts by countries to preserve social insurance funds by delaying retirement age are challenged by increasing disability in less privileged workers. This authoritative and timely volume de-mythologizes work and retirement for older persons and provides evidence-based strategies for better jobs and financial security later in life. A must read for policy makers and employers. -- John W. Rowe, MD, Julius Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging, Columbia University