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The Global Demography of Aging: Facts, Explanations, Future

David Bloom and Dara Lee Luca ()
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Dara Lee Luca: Mathematica Policy Research

PGDA Working Papers from Program on the Global Demography of Aging

Abstract: Population ageing is the 21st century’s dominant demographic phenomenon. Declining fertility, increasing longevity, and the progression of large-sized cohorts to the older ages are causing elder shares to rise throughout the world. The phenomenon of population ageing, which is unprecedented in human history, brings with it sweeping changes in population needs and capacities, with potentially significant implications for employment, savings, consumption, economic growth, asset values, and fiscal balance. This chapter provides a broad overview of the global demography of aging. It reviews patterns, trends, and projections involving various indicators of population aging and their demographic antecedents and sequelae. The chapter also reviews theories economists use to explain the behavioral changes driving the most prominent demographic shifts. Finally, it discusses the changing nature of aging, the future of longevity, and associated policy implications, highlighting some key research issues that require further examination. JEL Codes: J11; J14; N30

Keywords: Population aging; Economic demography; Longevity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016-10
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