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December 14, 2011

Explorations in the Economics of Aging

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Author Affiliation: Public Health Consultant, South Pasadena, California (karuneshtuli@hotmail.com).

JAMA. 2011;306(22):2511. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1812

“Already it is complained,” biologist Elie Metchnikoff noted in The Prolongation of Life, “that the burden of supporting old people is too heavy, and statesmen are perturbed by the enormous expense which will be entailed by State support of the aged.” Metchnikoff wrote this about France—in 1907—but the sentiment is familiar to people around the world a hundred years later and is frequently voiced in rich countries with aging populations requiring substantial expenditures in state-funded pensions and medical care.

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