The Economic Consequences of Population Aging

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Case Code : ECON023 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 300;
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Case Length : 19 Pages
Period : 1960-2007
Pub. Date : 2007
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : --
Industry : Miscellaneous
Countries : Worldwide


Population aging is an unintended outcome of human development and with more countries showing economic progress, the phenomenon is expected to become more widespread. The case discusses the impact of aging populations on the economies of some developed countries.

It examines the reasons for the phenomenon of aging populations and describes some of the measures that can be taken to counter its effects. The case also discusses some of the initiatives taken by governments to increase birth rates, and expand the workforce, and ends with a discussion on the future challenges facing countries with aging populations.

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The case has the following objectives

Understand the phenomenon of an aging population.

Learn more about the reasons for an aging population.

Analyze the possible economic effects of aging populations.

Evaluate policy measures to tackle the economic consequences of population aging.

This case is meant for MBA/PGDBM students and is designed to be a part of their Economics or Business Environment curriculum.


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Overview 2
Causes of Aging Populations 2
Effects of an Aging Population 4
Tackling The Problems Caused by Population Aging 5
Looking Ahead 8
Exhibits 10


Aging Population, Age Structure, Low Birth Rate, High Life Expectancy, Economic Effects of Aging Population, Pension Reforms, Change in Consumption Patterns, Dependency Ratio, Saving and Investment, Female participation in workforce

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