20 November 2017 - 22 November 2017
Vienna, Austria

Economic consequences of population aging and intergenerational equity

IIASA researcher Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz is organizing this conference to discuss the past and future of taxes and public transfers and services in the light of demographic change in the European Union.

Old town square, Prague © Babaroga/Shutterstock

Old town square, Prague © Babaroga/Shutterstock

The European population is aging at a rapid pace: the old-age dependency ratio in 28 EU countries will increase from 31 per cent today to 50 per cent by year 2040. Among the institutions most affected by demographic change is the public transfer system, which largely redistributes from the employed population to the retired elderly generation. There are concerns that the increasing share of elderly persons relative to the employed would result in a large burden on the young generations and puts the elderly population at the risk of poverty. Substantial research seeks to understand and quantify the consequences of ageing for public transfers and provide suggestions how to adapt the transfer systems to demographic changes.

The guiding principle of the AGENTA project is to explain and forecast public transfers in Europe and provide evidence-based policy proposals to ensure the long-term sustainability of public finances. In the final conference, we shall bring researchers, stakeholders and policy-makers together to discuss the challenges and to develop strategies toward adapting the intergenerational transfer systems to demographic changes. 

This conference is the final conference of the AGENTA project, organized by the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU). The AGENTA project aimed at explaining the past and forecasting the future of taxes and public transfers and services in the light of demographic change in the European Union. It was lead by Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz.

Researchers from IIASA's World Population Program will present and discuss IIASA research at this event.

For more information to this conference please visit the event website

IIASA contributions at the conference

Monday, 20 November 2017

Conference Opening, 9-9.20AM
Wolfgang Lutz, World Population Program Director and Director of the Wittgenstein Centre
Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, Director Vienna Institute of Demography, Coordinator of AGENTA

Keynote, 9:20-10.20AM
Chair: Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Session: Intergenerational redistribution of resources, 9–10:40AM
Chair: Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz

Session: Labour force participation and retirement, 2:30-4:10

3.20PM The effect of subjective longevity expectations on retirement • Arda Aktas

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