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Population ageing in a small open economy – some policy experiments with a tractable general equilibrium model

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  • Kilponen , Juha

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    (Bank of Finland Research)

  • Kinnunen , Helvi

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    (Bank of Finland)

  • Ripatti , Antti

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    (Bank of Finland)

Abstract

This paper extends Gertler’s (1999) tractable overlapping generations model with life-cycle features by allowing for distortionary taxation, demographic transition and stochastic variation in demographic structure. The model is then used to study demographic change in the small open economy of Finland. Simulations highlight the key role played by labour market responses to ageing. When the responses of labour supply, wages, and hence private consumption, to higher taxation are consistently accounted for, population ageing has clearly much larger effects on public finance, when compared to mechanical sustainability calculations. Stochastic simulations suggest that lengthening of working time has only a modest alleviating effect on the fiscal burden of ageing. This is due to the fact that stochastic variation in the length of working time has only a relatively small effect on the model’s dependency ratio. Variation in life expectancy is clearly much more important.

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Paper provided by Bank of Finland in its series Research Discussion Papers with number 28/2006.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 23 Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bofrdp:2006_028

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Keywords: ageing; general equilibrium; public finance; demographic uncertainty;

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  3. Lassila , Jukka & Valkonen, Tarmo, 2008. "Population ageing and fiscal sustainability in Finland: a stochastic analysis," Research Discussion Papers 28/2008, Bank of Finland.
  4. Jokivuolle, Esa & Kilponen , Juha & Kuusi, Tero, 2007. "GDP at risk in a DSGE model: an application to banking sector stress testing," Research Discussion Papers 26/2007, Bank of Finland.
  5. Gabriela Lopes de Castro & Ricardo Mourinho Félix & Paulo Júlio & José R. Maria, 2013. "Fiscal multipliers in a small euro area economy: How big can they get in crisis times?," Working Papers w201311, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.

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