Aging

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The U.S. Aging Population as an Economic Growth Driver for Global Competitiveness

Speakers: Joseph F. Coughlin and Kelly Michel
Presider: Michael W. Hodin

Joseph Coughlin and Kelly Michel discuss how a healthy and active aging population can contribute to economic growth, and the public policy reform, new business strategies, and profound shifts in views on aging necessary to take advantage of this opportunity.

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Op-Ed

Australia’s Long View of the Aging Dilemma

Author: Michael W. Hodin
The Fiscal Times

Michael W. Hodin says Australia's recognition that its economic success in the coming decades hinges on dealing with aging populations is a step in the right direction, but a paradigm shift that enables a reasonable percentage of individuals over age sixty-five to remain economically active still needs to occur.

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Must Read

Global Aging Preparedness Index

Prepared by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, this report provides the first comprehensive quantitative assessment for how prepared countries are to address the challenges of aging populations.

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Interview Michael W. Hodin interviewed by Deborah Jerome

Trends in global aging in the coming decades pose serious fiscal challenges to developed and developing nations unless longstanding social policies are revamped, says CFR's Michael Hodin.

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Op-Ed
Renewing America

Renewing America

Safer Social Security

Author: Peter R. Orszag
New York Times

Peter Orszag says that the Bowles-Simpson proposal could eliminate the long-term deficit in Social Security and make the system much more progressive. Even though Social Security is not a major contributor to our long-term deficits, reforming it could help the federal government establish much-needed credibility on solving out-year fiscal problem.

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The Economic and Policy Implications of Global Aging (Audio)

Speakers: David Beers, Peter S. Heller, and Michael W. Hodin
Presider: Michael Waldholz

Experts discuss the effect of global aging on public policy and investor communities in relation to predicated health and social costs, as part of CFR's Corporate Program and the Roundtable Series on Aging Populations.

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Video

The Economic and Policy Implications of Global Aging

Speakers: David Beers, Peter S. Heller, and Michael W. Hodin
Presider: Michael Waldholz

Experts discuss the effect of global aging on public policy and investor communities in relation to predicated health and social costs, as part of CFR's Corporate Program and the Roundtable Series on Aging Populations.

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Op-Ed

Debt and the Demographics of Aging

Authors: Robert N. Butler and Michael W. Hodin
Washington Times

Robert N. Butler and Michael W. Hodin argue, ""There is solid evidence that aging can be treated as an unprecedented opportunity for investment in economic growth."

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Other Report

Regulation of Retirement Saving

Author: Squam Lake Working Group on Financial Regulation

Retirement saving is undergoing a fundamental change as employers shift from defined benefit pension plans to defined contribution plans, such as 401(k) accounts. This Working Paper, the sixth in the Squam Lake Working Group series distributed by the Center for Geoeconomic Studies, analyzes the pros and cons of defined contribution plans and recommends measures that will improve the performance of the nation's retirement saving system.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Healthy Old Europe

Authors: Nicholas N. Eberstadt and Hans Groth

The population of western Europe is aging steadily, and the region's birthrate is well below the replacement level, but Europe's elderly are exceptionally healthy. That means they could be more productive for longer than their predecessors were. If western European governments learn to tap this potential, healthy aging could become the region's next great economic asset.

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IMF: Is Asia Prepared for an Aging Population?

Author: Peter S. Heller

Many Asian countries (such as China, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines) will experience a significant aging of their populations during the next several decades. This paper from the IMF explores how these aging Asian countries are addressing and anticipating the challenges of an aging society. It suggests that Asia's preparedness for an aging population is decidedly mixed. While growth policies have been successful, much work is still needed in many countries to establish an adequate and farsighted policy framework in the areas of pensions, health insurance, and labor market policies.

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