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Equity, Justice, Interdependence: Intergenerational Transfers and the Ageing Population


  • Rydell, Ingrid

    (Institute for Futures Studies)


The increase in the ratio of the elderly to the working age population as the demographic transition of low fertility and low mortality proceeds, has spurred a discussion concerning the equity of intergenerational transfers. The central question is if and how the state can afford the pensions and healthcare costs for growing older populations, and who should carry the burden. To a large extent, focus has been on public transfers while neglecting private transfers within families. There is also an obvious tendency of considering the impact of ageing in terms of pensions while health care has gained a lot less attention. A gender approach shows to be fruitful in the analysis of the costs and benefits of intergenerational transfers.

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  • Rydell, Ingrid, 2005. "Equity, Justice, Interdependence: Intergenerational Transfers and the Ageing Population," Arbetsrapport 2005:5, Institute for Futures Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifswps:2005_005 Note: ISSN 1652-120X ISBN 91-89655-63-X

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    equity; justice; interdependence; intergenerational transfers; ageing population;

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    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • J00 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - General

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