Young and Old Competing for Public Welfare Services
25 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2008
Date Written: February 2008
Generational conflict affects the supply of public welfare services, and the rising share of elderly is seen as a threat to educational spending. We offer an analysis of spending in child care, primary and lower secondary education, and care for the elderly related to the size of young and old voters. Using panel data from Denmark for the period 1989-1996, we find that the elderly are reducing spending in child care and education, but the young do not threaten elderly care. It is a disadvantage for both the elderly and the young to be part of a large cohort.
Keywords: public welfare services, group size, age composition of the population, generational conflict
JEL Classification: H42, H72
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