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A comparative examination of perceived income inadequacy among young and old in Sweden and the United States
Author(s)Harold L Sheppard, Larry C Mullins
Journal titleAgeing and Society, vol 9, part 3, September 1989
Pagespp 223 - 239
KeywordsIncome [older people] ; Sweden ; United States of America.
AnnotationThis research examines the comparative perceived income adequacy among older Swedes and older Americans. The persisting issue of poverty and income adequacy, and the use of monetary-unit income (dollars, kronor etc.) as a basis for determining levels of poverty or of income adequacy has severe limitations. In an attempt to simplify the problem of developing standard measures for different monetary-unit systems, i.e. between nations, this study utilises a typology of perceived income adequacy to examine, among older persons in Sweden, the extent to which they believe their incomes support a satisfying standard of living. Additionally, the research examines differences in income adequacy between the U.S and Sweden. Results from the 1981 NCOA/Harris survey data in the U.S are compared with findings from a representative survey of older Swedes conducted by SIFO in 1986. Discussion of this and other findings is included. (KJ).
Accession NumberCPA-891212036 A
ClassmarkJF: 76P: 7T

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