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The Fiscal Consequences of Shrinking Populations [electronic resource] / Benedict J Clements.

By: Clements, Benedict J.
Contributor(s): Dybczak, Kamil | Gaspar, Vitor | Gupta, Sanjeev | Soto, Mauricio.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Staff Discussion Notes; Staff Discussion Notes: No. 15/21Publisher: Washington, D.C. : International Monetary Fund, 2015Description: 1 online resource (34 p.).ISBN: 1513544888 :.ISSN: 2221-030X.Subject(s): Deficits | Demographic Trends and Forecasts | Demographics | Fertility | Forecasts of Budgets | GeneralAdditional physical formats: Print Version:: The Fiscal Consequences of Shrinking PopulationsOnline resources: IMF e-Library | IMF Book Store Abstract: This Staff Discussion Note looks at the stark fiscal challenges posed by the decline and aging of populations between now and 2100. It finds that without reforms, pensions and health spending would rise to 25 percent of GDP by end-century in more developed countries (and 16 percent of GDP in less developed countries), with potentially dire fiscal consequences. Given the uncertainty underlying the population projections and associated large fiscal risks, a multi-pronged approach will be required. This could include entitlement reform-starting now but at a gradual pace; policies that affect demographics and labor markets; and better tax systems and more efficient public expenditure.
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This Staff Discussion Note looks at the stark fiscal challenges posed by the decline and aging of populations between now and 2100. It finds that without reforms, pensions and health spending would rise to 25 percent of GDP by end-century in more developed countries (and 16 percent of GDP in less developed countries), with potentially dire fiscal consequences. Given the uncertainty underlying the population projections and associated large fiscal risks, a multi-pronged approach will be required. This could include entitlement reform-starting now but at a gradual pace; policies that affect demographics and labor markets; and better tax systems and more efficient public expenditure.

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