The Averages Can Be Misleading: Older Americans and Poverty

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The Averages Can Be Misleading: Older Americans and Poverty

November 15, 2011

Abstract

In this commentary for New York Times' Room for Debate, Institute fellow Sheila Zedlewski explains that many of the nation's 41 million seniors live in or very near poverty and many have assets mostly tied up in their houses. Policy makers must be ever mindful of that diversity when considering changes in policy that would affect retirement income security.

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