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Issue: December 14, 2011

No, Malthus, No: Living Longer Is a Blessing, Not a Curse

Americans’ rising longevity threatens fiscal calamity and generational warfare. But with improvements in health and political courage, a grayer society will grow in wealth.

By Paul Starobin

Americans’ rising longevity threatens fiscal calamity and generational warfare. But with improvements in health and political courage, a grayer society will grow in wealth.

By Paul Starobin
The Next Economy: FROM THE EDITORS

From the Editors

Eighty as the new 60. Sixty as the new 40. There’s truth to the clichés (as there usually is). From Barbara Walters’s presumed facelifts to Willie Nelson’s illegal smoke, growing old...

THE NEXT ECONOMY: COVER STORY

An ‘Encore’ Life Beckons … on the Far Side of Midlife

Marion Jackson’s airy, light-filled studio is filled with Brazilian art and sculpture. It sits on the third floor of a five-story, 100,000-square-foot industrial building in downtown Detroit...

COVER STORY

For Aging Entrepreneurs, Mom-and-Pop Shops … May (or May Not) Finance Their Retirement

It’s rare for couples these days to stick together for as long as John and Patsy McArthur have. Both now 63, they met in high school in rural Red Springs, N.C., and never ventured far. In their...

THE NEXT ECONOMY: ESSAY

Retirement Roulette

Saving for retirement used to be as simple as showing up for work. Now it’s rife with contingencies—and success is all on you.

THE NEXT ECONOMY: Q&A

Young Versus Old

When 20-somethings battle baby boomers over society’s limited resources, expect the boomers to (gasp) retreat.

THE NEXT ECONOMY: IN PERSEPECTIVE

Escaping ICU Hell

Gobs of Medicare dollars are spent at the very end of life. But often, less is more.

 
 
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