Aging in Europe: Reforms, International Diversification and Behavioral Reactions
14 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2015
Date Written: May 15, 2014
The extent of demographic changes in Europe and Asia is much more drastic than in the US. This paper studies the effects of population aging on the interactions between economic growth and living standards in Europe with labor market and pension reform, behavioral adaptations, and international capital flows. Our analysis is based on an overlapping generations model with behavioral reactions to reform which is extended to the multi-country situation typical for Europe. While the negative effects of population aging on growth in Europe can in principle be compensated by reforms and economic adaptation mechanisms, they may be partially offset by behavioral reactions.
Keywords: aging, pension reform, labor market reform, labor supply reactions
JEL Classification: J11, J21; D13; E27; H55; F16, F21
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