Ageing, employment and economic sustainability in Transitions and risk: new directions in social policy

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Doughney, James (2005) Ageing, employment and economic sustainability in Transitions and risk: new directions in social policy. In: International Social Policy Conference, 23-25 February 2005, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. (Unpublished)

Abstract

The economic impact of an ageing population was the focus of Australia’s last two Commonwealth budgets. In 2003 the budget presented the influential Intergenerational Report, which reappeared indirectly in Budget Paper No. 1, 2004. In contrast, this paper argues that the ageing ‘crisis’ is fictional. Real labour productivity, GDP per capita and labour earnings should double in real terms over the next five decades. We can well ‘afford’ an ageing population. The real issues attached to ‘ageing’ concern the future of work, job redesign to accommodate older workers and a shift from neo-liberal thinking towards a sustainable social economics (Source: CSP).

Item type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
URI http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1557
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 340000 Economics
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Economics and Finance
Keywords Australia, data analysis, demographic aspect, economic evaluation, labour force participation, older worker
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