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Population Aging, Labor Mobility, and Economic Growth: Evidence From MENA and the Developed World

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  • Mehmet Serkan Tosun

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    (College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University)

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This paper examines the economic effects of aging trends using a two-period, two-region OLG model and the population projections for the developed and MENA countries. Migrant workers change the political balance of young and elderly voters in both labor-receiving and labor-sending countries. Numerical simulations show that the MENA region benefits more from international capital mobility. Restricting migration or political participation of migrant workers in the developed region produces inferior growth results for the MENA region. The study reveals that the MENA countries would suffer significantly from lower return to education in terms of growth and consumption.

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Paper provided by Economic Research Forum in its series Working Papers with number 0417.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2004
Date of revision: Aug 2004
Publication status: Published by The Economic Research Forum (ERF)
Handle: RePEc:erg:wpaper:0417

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