Wednesday, August 06, 2008

How will the aging workforce affect the economy?

The length of time baby boomers remain in the labor force will have a significant impact on the economy. Economic and fiscal challenges will develop as the ratio of working taxpayers to older benefit recipients decreases.

However, if baby boomers work longer, economic benefits could result through greater production of goods and services as well as increased standard of living and the generation of additional tax revenue.

What kinds of jobs will be available for older workers, and what will the educational and physical requirements be for those jobs? How can policymakers encourage increased demand for older workers?

Read this article by Gordon B.T. Mermin, Richard W. Johnson, and Eric J. Toder, published at urban institute.

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