Demeny Voting and Its Impact, NIRA Round-Table March 10, 2011
Ushio Jiro and
No 520, CIS Discussion paper series from Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University
The birth rate in Japan remains lower than the target rate. Both the population size and composition by age mean an increase in the number of elderly people and a decrease in the number of young workers. - We should squarely address the essential problem inherent in the current voting system, that is, the problem that the interests of the next generation cannot be reflected in decision-making under the current system. - Demeny Voting, which aims to provide parents or prospective parents extra votes, is also expected to work to recover the birth rate. - We have not implemented measures to address the low birth rate issue as a soure of major threat to national strength. Demeny Voting will serve to trigger fundamental discussions on the low birth rate and inspire new policy ideas.
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Note: This is an English translation of NIRA Interview Series No.62 “Impact of Demeny Voting” (Domein- touhyouhou no Shogeki).
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