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Informelle Arbeit in alternden Gesellschaften - Möglichkeiten und Grenzen des „produktiven Alterns“

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  • Marcel Erlinghagen

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Against the background of the ongoing demographic change the negative impacts of population ageing has recently been more and more confronted with the positive con-cept of ‘productive ageing’. This concept stresses that an ageing population does not only result in increasing social costs. In fact even after retirement older people contrib-ute to social wealth by productive activities like volunteering or caring for relatives or grandchildren. The paper describes the opportunities as well as the limitations of ‘pro-ductive ageing’ concepts and stresses the importance of a balance between activity and passivity. Such a balance should not only be preferred for ethical but also for economic reasons.

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  • Marcel Erlinghagen, 2008. "Informelle Arbeit in alternden Gesellschaften - Möglichkeiten und Grenzen des „produktiven Alterns“," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 128(2), pages 237-259.
  • Handle: RePEc:aeq:aeqsjb:v128_y2008_i2_q2_p237-259
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    1. Karsten Hank & Stephanie Stuck, 2007. "Gesellschaftliche Determinanten produktiven Alterns in Europa," MEA discussion paper series 07152, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.

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    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination

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