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Income, expenditure and inequalities in later life

Ian Rees Jones, Martin Hyde, Christina R. Victor, Richard D. Wiggins, Chris Gilleard and Paul Higgs

in Ageing in a consumer society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9781861348821
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301431 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348821.003.0006
Income, expenditure and inequalities in later life

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This chapter uses the data from the project referenced in the previous chapter, and considers these changes in relation to the trends in inequality and their impact on consumption patterns. It reveals that one area that has been largely neglected in research on later life is that of the consumption of health and health products. However, the chapter shows that the ageing of the population has profound consequences for the healthcare industry, in terms of demand for different healthcare products, consumer behaviour and marketing strategies.

Keywords: inequality trends; consumption patterns; consumption; health and health products; healthcare industry; consumer behaviour; marketing strategies; demand; healthcare products

Chapter.  5345 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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