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AGING AND FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY IN A SMALL EURO AREA ECONOMY

Gabriela Castro, José Maria (), Ricardo Mourinho Félix and Braz, Cláudia Rodrigues
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Macroeconomic Dynamics, 2017, vol. 21, issue 7, 1673-1705

Abstract: Economic and social impacts of aging trends will be of the utmost importance in the near future. We embed a stylized pay-as-you-go (PAYG) pension system into a DSGE model with overlapping generations to assess the macroeconomic effects of aging in a small Euro Area economy. The simulations suggest large negative impacts on GDP and private consumption. In addition, external imbalances may widen significantly under the PAYG system. All results are conditional on the policy options addressing debt sustainability–the impacts tend to be very large if the government finances the aging with higher social security premia instead of lower replacement ratios. Sensitivity analysis reveals that GDP and private consumption impacts are less robust than those on external imbalances. Results also imply that supranational policy coordination may be crucial if the objective is to preserve economic and financial stability in the Euro Area.

Date: 2017
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