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The Economics of Ageing—What Do We Face?

Ian McDonald ()

Australian Economic Review, 2020, vol. 53, issue 4, 586-597

Abstract: We, as taxpayers, face challenging problems in assisting the well‐being of old people mainly because preparing for and living through old age is a risky business. Through government, taxpayers can provide some insurance against the risks of old age, especially the risk of bad health and the risk of a long life. However, the ageing population suggests that maintaining this support will require increased taxation. This article quantifies this challenge for Australia and concludes that although increased taxation may be required it will be easily affordable from the much higher incomes generally received due to the secular increase in productivity.

Date: 2020
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