Handbook of the Economics of Population Aging

Handbook of the Economics of Population Aging

1st Edition - November 29, 2016

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  • Editors: John Piggott, Alan Woodland
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444538420
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444538437

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Handbook of the Economics of Population Aging, Volume 1A, provides the economic literature on aging and associated subjects, including social insurance and healthcare costs. This text explores the economic literature on aging and associated subjects, including social insurance, health care costs, the interests of policymakers, and the role of academics. As the first of two volumes, users will find it a great resource on the topics associated with the economics of aging. Together with its companion, volume 1B, this work includes literature that has appeared in general economics journals, in various field journals in economics, especially, but not exclusively, those covering labor market and human resource issues, information from interdisciplinary social science and life science journals, and data presented in papers by economists published in journals associated with gerontology, history, sociology, political science, and demography, amongst others.

Key Features

  • Provides the latest economics literature on aging and its associated subjects, including the aspects of social insurance and healthcare costs
  • Includes valuable data from a variety of general economics journals and interdisciplinary social and life science publications
  • Critical text for policymakers and academics that describes and analyzes valuable information since the inception of the study of the science of population aging in the late 1970s


Graduate students and professors worldwide working in all subdisciplines of economics and finance. Secondary audience will include those working in gerontology, population studies, demography, governmental policy, sociology, and related fields

Table of Contents

  • The Anatomy of Aging

    1. Demographics Globally and Through Time

    David Bloom and Dara Lee Luca

    The Household Perspective

    2. Labour Force Participation and the Retirement Decision

    Richard Blundell and Eric French

    3. Conflict and Cooperation within the Family, and between the State and the Family, in the Provision of Old-Age Security

    Alessandro Cigno

    4. Consumption and Saving

    Orazio Attanasio, Sagri Kitao, Guglielmo Weber and Andrea Bonfatti

    5. Decision-making, Markets and Cognitive Decline

    Michael Keane and Susan Thorp

    6. Investment and Portfolio Allocation

    Raimond Maurer and Barbara Kaschuetzke

    Economic Impacts of Population Aging

    7. Macroeconomics, Aging and Growth

    Ronald Lee

    8. Insurance Markets for the Elderly

    Hanming Fang

    9. Economic Aspects of Occupational Pensions

    Olivia S. Mitchell and John Piggott

    10. The Political Economy of Population Aging

    Georges Casamatta and Loïc Batté

    11. Migration and Demographic Shift

    Klaus F. Zimmermann and Anzelika Zaiceva

    12. Longevity and Morbidity Projections

    Michael Sherris

    13. Intergenerational Risk Sharing

    Roel Beetsma and Ward Romp

    Public Policy with an Aging Population

    14. Taxation

    Alan Woodland and John Piggott

    15. Aging and Poverty

    Timothy Michael Smeeding and Joseph Marchand

    16. Social Security and Public Insurance

    Axel Borsch-Supan

    17. Health and Long Term Care

    Edward Norton

    18. Population Aging Data Sets and their Analysis

    James P. Smith and Isabella Dobrescu

Product details

  • No. of pages: 476
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © North Holland 2016
  • Published: November 29, 2016
  • Imprint: North Holland
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444538420
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444538437

About the Editors

John Piggott

John Piggott is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), and of the Australian Institute for Population Ageing Research at the University of New South Wales, Australia, where he is Scientia Professor of Economics and also holds an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship. He serves as book review editor of the Cambridge journal, the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Economics of Aging, and has recently been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Retirement.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Australian Institute for Population Aging Resources, University of New South Wales, Australia

Alan Woodland

Alan Woodland is currently Scientia Professor of Economics and ARC Australian Professorial Fellow in the School of Economics within the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales. He was previously Professor of Econometrics at the University of Sydney and Professor of Economics at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia and the recipient of the Distinguished Economist Award of the Economics Society of Australia. He was previously a member of the Council of the Econometric Society, Chair of the Econometric Society Australasian Standing Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Economics Association.

Affiliations and Expertise

Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales, Australia

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