<p></p><p>This course deals with current issues relating to aging societies. An increasing share of elderly has for a long time characterized Sweden and other developed countries.</p> <p>The course deals with questions like:</p> <ul> <li>If this did not constitute a challenge before, why is it the case today?</li> <li>Is the welfare state, as we today know it compatible with an aging society?</li> <li>How can we finance the welfare of an increasing share of elderly, with a steadily declining work force? Can this be done through increased immigration?</li> <li>What consequences does an aging society have for labour supply, savings, investments, and economic growth?</li> </ul> <p>Following topics are discussed during the course:</p> <ul> <li>the historical origins of welfare systems, in Sweden and elsewhere</li> <li>historical fertility, mortality and migration patterns, linking short and long-term population changes to economic growth</li> <li>a range of potential solutions to how welfare systems can be financed during coming decades, through savings, increased labour force participation, productivity increases, and taxes</li> </ul> <p>The student is also provided with a thorough review of key theoretical as well as empirical literature in the field. </p><p>http://www.ekh.lu.se/kurser/sase13</p>