2022 Clemens Lecture
The Cost of Caring for Our Parents: The Economics of Aging
Monday, September 26, 2022
8-9:30 p.m., Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, SJU
Kathleen McGarry is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Economics at University of California, Los Angeles and serves as the Chair of the University of California System-wide Committee on Planning and Budget. From 2013-2017 she was Department Chair. Professor McGarry’s research focuses on the well-being of the elderly with particular attention paid to public and private transfers including the Medicare and SSI programs, and the transfer of resources within families. Her research combines work on the financial aspects of aging with issues related to health economics to examine insurance coverage among the elderly. She has studied the long-term care and medigap insurance markets as well as end of life medical expenditures. Much of her work examines the role played by families in providing insurance and support for their needy members. Her current research analyzes the effect of caregiving for elderly parents on the labor force participation of women and how these decisions affect later life well-being. McGarry’s research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging, the Social Security Administration, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Brookdale Foundation, and the Sloan Foundation and 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.