Populations throughout the developed world are aging and shrinking, with dire consequences. Yet decline is not inevitable. Even in the industrialized world, governments can encourage childbearing through policies that let women reconcile work and family.
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.
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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