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The Public Economics of Increasing Longevity

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  • Pierre Pestieau

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    (University of Liège)

  • Gregory Ponthiere

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    (Paris School of Economics and Ecole Normale Supérieure)

Abstract

One of the greatest success stories in our societies is that people are living longer, life expectancy at birth being now above 80 years. Whereas the lengthening of life opens huge opportunities for individuals if extra years are spent in prosperity and good health, it is however often regarded as a source of problems for policy-makers. The goal of this paper is to examine the key policy challenges raised by increasing longevity. For that purpose, we first pay attention to the representation of individual preferences, and to the normative foundations of the economy, and, then, we consider the challenges raised for the design of the social security system, pension policies, preventive health policies, the provisión of long term care, as well as for long-run economic growth.

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Article provided by IEF in its journal Hacienda Pública Española/Review of Public Economics.

Volume (Year): 200 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 41-74

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Keywords: Life Expectancy; Mortality; Public Policy;

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