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Lifecycle Events and Their Consequences
Job Loss, Family Change, and Declines in Health
Edited by Kenneth A. Couch, Mary C. Daly, and Julie M. Zissimopoulos


340 pages.

Hardcover ISBN: 9780804785853
Ebook ISBN: 9780804786430

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In Lifecycle Events and Their Consequences: Job Loss, Family Change, and Declines in Health, editors Kenneth A. Couch, Mary C. Daly, and Julie Zissimopoulos bring together leading scholars to study the impact of unexpected life course events on economic welfare. The contributions in this volume explore how job loss, the onset of health limitations, and changes in household structure can have a pronounced influence on individual and household well-being across the life course. Although these events are typically studied in isolation, they frequently co-occur or are otherwise interrelated. This book provides a systematic empirical overview of these sometimes uncertain events and their impact. By placing them in a unified analytical framework and approaching each of them from a similar perspective, Lifecycle Events and Their Consequences illustrates the importance of a coherent approach to thinking about the inter-relationships among these shifts. Finally, this volume aims to set the future research agenda in this important area.

About the authors

Kenneth A. Couch is Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut.

Mary C. Daly is Group Vice President and the Associate Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco.

Julie M. Zissimopoulos is Associate Professor at the University of Southern California and Associate Director of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.

"With recovery from the great recession under way, it is an auspicious time for a fine scholarly work examining the consequences of job loss, family change, and health declines among Americans . . . In unpacking each event, the authors provide guidance to the latest research and data sources, and they suggest future agendas. Throughout, the text remains accessible to a general readership while also informing experts . . . Recommended."

—D. J. Conger, CHOICE

"Lifecycle events—whether foreseeable or unexpected—can fundamentally alter the economic trajectory of individuals and families. This book presents an ambitious and successful attempt at examining the impact of the most salient demographic and economic events in contemporary America. I highly recommend the book."

—Robert F. Schoeni, Institute for Social Research, Ford School of Public Policy, and Department of Economics, University of Michigan

"This book does an excellent job of analyzing the nature and consequences of various types of common, but often unanticipated, shocks in the lifecycle. Elegantly edited, this volume provides interesting, important information that readers in economics and public policy should know."

—Robert D. Plotnick, University of Washington