Why are so Many Older Women Poor?

Boston College CRR-JTF Working Paper No. 10

8 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2005

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Alicia H. Munnell

Boston College - Center for Retirement Research

Date Written: April 2004

Abstract

The economic status of older Americans has improved dramatically since 1960. Today, the poverty rate for those 65 and over is about the same as for those aged 18-64. But substantial pockets of poverty remain, especially among older non-married women. This brief will focus on why older women are particularly vulnerable. It also reviews the outlook for the future, when the graying of the population will place increasing pressure on resources available for the elderly.

Keywords: Poverty, women, elderly

JEL Classification: J14, J16, I32

Suggested Citation

Munnell, Alicia, Why are so Many Older Women Poor? (April 2004). Boston College CRR-JTF Working Paper No. 10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=556788 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.556788

Alicia Munnell (Contact Author)

Boston College - Center for Retirement Research ( email )

Fulton Hall 550
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
United States
617-552-1762 (Phone)

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