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May 1990

Spending patterns of elderly workers and nonworkers

Thomas G. Moehrle

Spending patterns of older households differ not only by income, but according to work status. Older workers allocate more to retirement, pension, and Social Security funds, while the nonworking elderly spend more on food prepared at home and health care. This article examines the differences in expenditures between the working and the nonworking elderly households.

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