Whatever Happened to Thrift? Why Americans Don't Save and What to Do About it Ronald Wilcox

Publication date:
27 Jun 2008
224 pages: 234 x 156 x 19mm
9 b&w illustrations

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It is no secret that Americans save very little: every economic index confirms as much. But to solve the real mystery, we must ask the questions, 'Why?', 'What are the effects on our economy?', and 'What can be done about it?'.In this thoroughly researched and thought-provoking book, Ronald Wilcox clearly describes not only how the 'savings crisis' adversely influences personal lifestyles over the long term but also how it can undermine our national wealth and standard of living. Most important, Wilcox examines the many rational and irrational reasons behind individuals' failures to put money away, what third parties such as corporations and government can do to help, and the steps people can take today to help themselves.The book is an attempt to reinvent thrift in the United States, to find practical ways to help people consume less and save more now so that we can be a richer people in the future and a more prosperous nation. It is a must-read for every corporate executive, policy maker, and concerned citizen.

Ronald Wilcox is professor of business administration at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.

"Mr. Wilcox has an enviably lively prose style and an admirable commitment to brevity. . . . Much of what he says is both correct and valuable. A conscientious reader could easily secure a comfortable retirement by taking his advice to heart."--Steven E./i>--Steven E. Landsburg"Wall Street Journal" (06/05/2008)