Melissa M. Favreault

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The theory that marriage has protective effects for survival has itself lived for more than 100 years since Durkheim's groundbreaking study of suicide (Durkheim 1951 [1897]). Investigations of differences in this protective effect by gender, by age, and in contrast to different unmarried statuses, however, have yielded inconsistent conclusions. These(More)
About half of older Americans will need a high level of assistance with routine activities for a prolonged period of time. This help is commonly referred to as long-term services and supports (LTSS). Under current policies, these individuals will fund roughly half of their paid care out of pocket. Partly as a result of high costs and uncertainty, relatively(More)
OBJECTIVE Many single mothers are likely to face special economic challenges in old age, because they often have limited employment histories and cannot rely on husbands for financial support. This article examines the economic status of these women in later life. METHODS The analysis uses nationally representative data from the Health and Retirement(More)
*Richard W. Johnson is a Senior Research Associate at The Urban Institute. Melissa M. Favreault is a Research Associate at The Urban Institute. The research reported herein was performed pursuant to a grant from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) funded as part of the Retirement Research Consortium. The opinions and conclusions are solely those(More)
*Melissa Favreault is a Research Associate at the Urban Institute. The research reported herein was performed pursuant to a grant from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) funded as part of the Retirement Research Consortium. The opinions and conclusions are solely those of the authors and should not be construed as representing the opinions or(More)
• In one recent study (Pew Research Center 2007), most African Americans reported that discrimination, while a regular and important presence in their lives, may be secondary to individual effort when it comes to ―getting ahead.‖ While public opinion data have limited value for making causal inferences, they do provide useful insight into perceptions that(More)
OBJECTIVE To forecast out-of-pocket health care spending among older adults. Long-term forecasts allow policy makers to explore potential impacts of policy scenarios, but existing microsimulations do not incorporate details of supplemental insurance coverage and income effects on health care spending. DATA SOURCES Dynamic microsimulation calibrated to(More)
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