Monday, October 12, 2009
Gulf Between Rich And Poor Seniors Could Widen
by Ashlea Ebeling
posted by Jameel Murray
The current downturn will likely sharpen the financial gulf between the most affluent, best-educated retirees and the poorest ones. That, at least, is the conclusion suggested by new data from the Social Security Administration and a new study by Phillip Levine, chair of the Department of Economics at Wellesley College.
For all their bellyaching about declines in the value of their 401(k)s, the best-educated older workers, whose skills are most in demand, usually have a way to make up for their losses: work longer. The less educated, particularly during a recession, often do not have that luxury and end up forced into an early retirement.
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