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Economic Commentary

The Baby Boomers’ Mega-Inheritance—Myth or Reality?

Retirees are one of the wealthiest segments of the U.S. population, and today’s retirees have more wealth than any previous generation’s. Some have conjectured that bequests out of this wealth will significantly boost the resources of the baby boomers—the next generation of retirees—bridging the gap between their retirement needs and resources. This Economic Commentary argues against such a view and explains why boomers have no alternative but to save for their own retirement.

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Suggested Citation

Gokhale, Jagadeesh, and Laurence Kotlikoff. 2000. “The Baby Boomers’ Mega-Inheritance—Myth or Reality?” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 10/1/2000.

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