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Economic History: Population Aging and the Welfare State

Lunds universitet
Sammanfattning
Fristående kurser (grundnivå)
Lund
7.5 hp
Heltid
Klassrum
Startdatum: Höst 2021 - Lund

Economic History: Population Aging and the Welfare State

This course deals with current issues relating to aging societies. An increasing share of elderly has for a long time characterized Sweden and other developed countries.

The course deals with questions like:

  • If this did not constitute a challenge before, why is it the case today?
  • Is the welfare state, as we today know it compatible with an aging society?
  • How can we finance the welfare of an increasing share of elderly, with a steadily declining work force? Can this be done through increased immigration?
  • What consequences does an aging society have for labour supply, savings, investments, and economic growth?

Following topics are discussed during the course:

  • the historical origins of welfare systems, in Sweden and elsewhere
  • historical fertility, mortality and migration patterns, linking short and long-term population changes to economic growth
  • a range of potential solutions to how welfare systems can be financed during coming decades, through savings, increased labour force participation, productivity increases, and taxes

The student is also provided with a thorough review of key theoretical as well as empirical literature in the field. 

http://www.ekh.lu.se/kurser/sase13

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