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The Policy Challenges of Population Ageing


  • Alan Walker


This paper first questions the universal process whereby what should be welcome demographic change leading to societal ageing has been transformed into a crisis of the welfare state. It then focuses on five key policy challenges -- ensuring economic security in old age; maintaining inter-generational solidarity; combating age discrimination; providing long term care in the context of changes in the family and residence patterns; and ensuring that older people experience full citizenship and are not socially excluded -- from a European perspective. Finally, it sets out a new policy direction, a strategy for active ageing.

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  • Alan Walker, 2003. "The Policy Challenges of Population Ageing," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 108, McMaster University.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcm:sedapp:108

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    population aging; economic security; age discrimination; long term care;

    JEL classification:

    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy

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