2022 Clemens Lecture: The Cost of Caring for Our Elderly Parents: The Economics of Aging Presented by Kathleen McGarry, Ph.D.

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Kathleen McGarry is Professor of Economics at University of California, Los Angeles, and Chair of the University of California System’s Committee on Planning and Budget. Her research focuses on the well-being of the elderly with particular attention to public financial transfers to the elderly in Medicare and Social Security and private transfers of resources to and from the elderly within families. Her current research analyzes the effect of care giving for elderly parents on the labor force participation of women and how these decisions affect the well-being of caregivers in later life. She has served as Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors.

About the Clemens Lecture Series

The Clemens Lecture Series was founded to further conversation on the ways that economics can speak to the larger problems of our society and culture. It brings to Saint John's outstanding economists noted for their abilities to address the economic dimensions of social issues and to sustain dialogue with the other fields of the liberal arts. It also provides a valuable opportunity for students to meet both informally and in classes with the visiting lecturer. The lecture series is designed to be practically useful in understanding daily life and is intended for a wide audience, including students, faculty, the business and professional community and members of the general public interested in the impact of economic issues in their lives.


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