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Demography of Global Aging

David Bloom, Elizabeth Mitgang and Benjamin Osher
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Elizabeth Mitgang: Harvard School of Public Health
Benjamin Osher: Harvard School of Public Health

No 10164, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Individuals aged 65 years and older currently make up a larger share of the population than ever before, and this group is predicted to continue growing both in absolute terms and relative to the rest of the population. This chapter begins by introducing the facts, figures, and forecasts surrounding the aging of populations across different countries at varying levels of development. In light of these trends, we examine challenges facing graying societies through the lenses of health, economics, and policy development. The chapter concludes with a selection of adaptable strategies that countries might consider to mitigate the strain – and to harness the full potential – of aging populations worldwide.

Keywords: health economics; health policy; noncommunicable diseases (NCDs); population aging; demography (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J10 J11 J14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age and nep-hea
Date: 2016-08
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