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Ageing, Health, and Productivity: The Economics of Increased Life Expectancy

Pietro Garibaldi, Joaquim Oliveira Martins, and Jan van Ours


The increase in life expectancy is arguably the most remarkable by‐product of modern economic growth. In the last 30 years we have been gaining roughly 2.5 years of longevity every decade both in Europe and in the United States. This progress has outpaced the most optimistic scenarios and documented that demographic projections are no more reliable than economic forecasts. This book looks closely into those challenges, raising a few fundamental issues at both the macroeconomic and microeconomic levels. Among these: is it possible to turn the challenges faced by ageing and longevity into a long ... More

Keywords: age, health, productivity, technological progress, economic growth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199587131
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587131.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pietro Garibaldi, editor
Professor of Economics, University of Torino, Italy, and Director and Fellow, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Italy
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Joaquim Oliveira Martins, editor
Senior Economist, Economics Department, OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), France

Jan van Ours, editor
Professor of Labour Economics, Tilburg University, The Netherlands, and Professional Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia

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