Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Longer Lives “a Call to Action” for the 21st Century

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By Mark Gorman

Is the world beginning to take notice of global ageing?

The message that extended life expectancy, falling fertility rates and accelerating ageing are now truly global phenomena seems to be getting a wider hearing, and in the past few months a number of different voices have been raised on the issue.

Global ageing vs. global economy

In an article in the December 2010 edition of "Foreign Affairs" for example, Nicholas Eberstadt writes: "It is apparent that the future global economy will not be able to rely on the kind of demographic inputs that helped fuel growth in the era before the current global recession".

Rapid population ageing, he argues, represents an almost entirely undiscounted long-term risk for the world's emerging countries.

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