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The Advantages of Demographic Change after the Wave: Fewer and Older, but Healthier, Greener, and More Productive?

Kluge, Fanny and Zagheni, Emilio and Loichinger, Elke and Vogt, Tobias (2014) The Advantages of Demographic Change after the Wave: Fewer and Older, but Healthier, Greener, and More Productive? PLoS ONE, 9 (9). e108501. ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

Population aging is an inevitable global demographic process. Most of the literature on the consequences of demographic change focuses on the economic and societal challenges that we will face as people live longer and have fewer children. In this paper, we (a) briefly describe key trends and projections of the magnitude and speed of population aging; (b) discuss the economic, social, and environmental consequences of population aging; and (c) investigate some of the opportunities that aging societies create. We use Germany as a case study. However, the general insights that we obtain can be generalized to other developed countries. We argue that there may be positive unintended side effects of population aging that can be leveraged to address pressing environmental problems and issues of gender inequality and intergenerational ties. (authors' abstract)

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Additional Information: Research reported in this publication was partially supported by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R03AG045385 and by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Z171 G11. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Divisions: Forschungsinstitute > Human Capital and Development
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Elena Simukovic
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2016 13:18
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 23:44
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/76839/
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/5003

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