Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Institute for Futures Studies

No 2005:5: Equity, Justice, Interdependence: Intergenerational Transfers and the Ageing Population

Ingrid Rydell
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Ingrid Rydell: Institute for Futures Studies, Postal: Box 591, SE-101 31 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: 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.

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

JEL-codes: D63; J00

48 pages, March 2005

Price: 25 SEK

Note: ISSN 1652-120X ISBN 91-89655-63-X

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