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Annotated Bibliography - This annotated bibliography, last updated in November 2004, is representative of pertinent research done in the field of family economics. Research included has been conducted since 1995, and some entries appear under more than one category. The entries are organized by: aging parents and financial/long-term care concerns, change in life's situations, demographics of individuals in later life, estate and distribution plans, health and long-term care risk management, and retirement planning issues. To access current research, select one of the above categories.

Retirement Planning of Farm Families - A summary of a study conducted with farm families in several states in 2001 to learn how farm families prepare for retirement and farm transfer. Sharon DeVaney, Associate Professor at Purdue University in Indiana, conducted interviews and focus groups with farmers and spouses during a 4-month period.

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Farm Families and Succession - A summary of the second part of the study conducted with farm families in 2001. The study was intended to learn more about farm families and the farm transfer process. Sharon DeVaney, Associate Professor at Purdue University in Indiana, conducted focus groups and interviews with farmers, spouses, and estate-planning attorneys.

Farm Succession in Iowa - The rapidly changing agricultural climate in Iowa has raised questions about the manner in which the state's farms are being passed down to a new generation of farmers. In February, March, and April 2000, Iowa State University's Beginning Farmer Center (BFC), through the Iowa Agricultural Statistics Service, surveyed more than 1,500 Iowa farmers; the survey examined common succession plans being implemented throughout the state. This report details the results and implications of the survey.

Your Future Paycheck - Your Future Paycheck: What Women Need to Know About Pay, Social Security, Pensions, Savings and Investments looks at the conditions that have prevented women from planning a secure retirement. Drawing upon a variety of sources, Your Future Paycheck shows why older women today are almost twice as likely as men to be poor, and examines why this trend is likely to continue for younger women. Sponsored by WISER.

The Economics of Income and Wealth for Farm Households - This information is provided by USDA's Economic Research Service and its Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) to provide a tool for analyzing policies designed to improve farm well-being. There are many resources provided at this site to inform you about the economic status of farm families in America. One featured publication is Income, Wealth, and the Economic Well-Being of Farm Households report.


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