The Rising Burden of Health Spending on Seniors

Studies | Health

No. 297
Thursday, February 01, 2007
by Liqun Liu, Andrew J. Rettenmaier and Zijun Wang


About the Authors

Dr. Liqun Liu is a Research Scientist at the Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University.  His primary research areas are taxation analysis and evaluation of government expenditures.  His current focus is on the effects of reforming elderly entitlements.  Dr. Liu serves as an investigator on several research grants.  He has published papers in the National Tax Journal, Economic Inquiry, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, Review of Economic Design, Southern Economic Journal and Journal of Public Economics .

Dr. Andrew J. Rettenmaier is the Executive Associate Director at the Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University.  His primary research areas are labor economics and public policy economics with an emphasis on Medicare and Social Security.  Dr. Rettenmaier and the Center's Director, Thomas R. Saving, have presented their Medicare reform proposal to U.S. Senate Subcommittees and to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare.  Their proposal has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New England Journal of Medicine, Houston Chronicle and Dallas Morning News .  Dr. Rettenmaier is the co-principal investigator on several research grants and also serves as the editor of the Center's two newsletters, PERCspectives on Policy and PERCspectives .  He is coauthor of a book on Medicare, The Economics of Medicare Reform (Kalamazoo, Mich.: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2000) and an editor of Medicare Reform: Issues and Answers (University of Chicago Press, 1999).  He is also coauthor of Diagnosis and Treatment of Medicare (forthcoming American Enterprise Institute Press, 2007).  Dr. Rettenmaier is a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis.

Dr. Zijun Wang is an Associate Research Scientist at the Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University.  His primary research interests are econometric forecasting, empirical consumption analysis and health economics.  Dr. Wang has published in the Journal of Forecasting and has presented his research on stock market volatility at an international conference.  He has served as a referee for Economic Inquiry .  Before coming to the United States, Dr. Wang published several papers on the Chinese economy, and is the coauthor of Road Toward Market Economy (Beijing: Xinhua Press House, 1993).  Dr. Wang has worked extensively on Medicare and Social Security research since he joined the Private Enterprise Research Center.


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