Testimony of Dean Baker Before the Senate Special Committee on Aging
Publication Date: February 2009
Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research
Author(s): Dean Baker
Keywords: Personal wealth; Home ownership; Elderly
Coverage: United States
Hearing on “Boomer Bust? Securing Retirement in a Volatile Economy”. Baker highlights three CEPR report findings: 1) The median household with a person between the ages of 45 to 54 saw their net worth fall by more than 45 percent between 2004 and 2009, from $150,500 in 2004, to just $82,200 in 2009 (all amounts are in 2009 dollars). 2) The situation for older baby boomers is similar. 3) As a result of the plunge in house prices, many baby boomers now have little or no equity.