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Social investment in the ageing populations of Europe

Thomas Lindh

in Towards A Social Investment Welfare State?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9781847429247
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305613 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847429247.003.0010
Social investment in the ageing populations of Europe

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It is wonderful news that more and more people live for longer and longer. It does, however, create problems, as relatively fewer workers must pay for elderly care and health care. It is argued here that social investment in the human capital of the economy must be the main route to sustainability of the welfare states. European welfare states are at very different stages in their ageing processes, and the institutions for intergenerational transfers differ considerably. Rational policy strategies must be formed according to these differences. Sweden went through a process of rapid ageing already in the 1970s. The strain of this development caused a substantial slowdown in economic growth, but, nevertheless, welfare for the elderly was increased at a faster rate than for the rest of the population.

Keywords: intergenerational transfers; ageing; human capital; pilot case; demography; social investment

Chapter.  8923 words.  Illustrated.

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