SPP Alumna Wins Book Contract with Elderly Entrepreneurship Research

Posted: March 25, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jocelyn Rappaport

Ting Zhang
Ting Zhang

Just one year after winning a Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Fellowship to research elderly self-employment for an aging U.S. economy, Ting Zhang, PhD Public Policy ’08, has signed a contract with World Scientific Publishing to produce a book focusing on the same topic.

In the forthcoming book, “Elderly Entrepreneurship in the Aging Economy: It’s Never Too Late,” Zhang addresses seniors’ propensity for entrepreneurship and the economic, labor and fiscal role of elderly entrepreneurship. Specifically, Zhang analyzes the labor and Social Security crises as they relate to the U.S. aging population and explains how elderly entrepreneurship is a viable approach to mitigate those crises and stimulate regional economic growth. In addition, she examines factors that move seniors to become entrepreneurs.

“This book is meant to enhance public awareness of the existence, the significance and the formation of elderly entrepreneurship. It is never too late to think highly of elderly entrepreneurship, to rely on it for economic development,” notes Zhang.

Zhang explains that with an aging population in the knowledge economy, elderly entrepreneurship becomes particularly meaningful. As baby-boomers age and many decide to take more entrepreneurial roles, Zhang believes it is important to examine the effect this move will have on Social Security, the labor force and the economy.

In February, Zhang presented her research at the 47th annual meeting of the Western Regional Science Association in Hawaii. Her presentation paper, “The Role of Elderly Entrepreneurship in Metropolitan Economic Growth,” also won the finalist title in the highly competitive Charles Tiebout Prize for Regional Science.

Zhang expects the book will take about a year to be published. It is part of World Scientific Publishing’s Book Series on Economic Development and Growth.

This article originally appeared in the SPP Currents newsletter in a slightly different form.

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