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Economics of Ageing Workshop 2019


Economics of Ageing Workshop 2019

and Journal of the Economics of Ageing special issue on ‘Resources in Retirement’

24 - 25 June 2019,  University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) as part of the Next World Program

Scientific Board

David E. Bloom, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

Wang Feng, Fudan University, China

Hans Groth, WDA Forum, Switzerland

Christian Köpe, Galenica, Switzerland

John Piggott, CEPAR, UNSW, Australia

Alfonso Sousa-Poza, University of Hohenheim, Germany

Local Organising Committee

Hazel Bateman, CEPAR, UNSW 

Isabella Dobrescu, CEPAR, UNSW 

Anne Gordon, CEPAR, UNSW 

Mike Keane, CEPAR, UNSW 


John Piggott, CEPAR, UNSW

Alan Woodland, CEPAR, UNSW


Perhaps the single most important policy domain in the context of an ageing demographic revolves around the resources available for older cohorts as they withdraw from the labour force. In developed countries, there is major reliance on publicly funded retirement programs, along with increasing development of policies to support those requiring care in their last years. These requirements, magnified by burgeoning older cohorts, raise critical questions around how retirement policy – both public transfer design and regulation of private pensions – can be designed or reformed to best trade off retirement income adequacy against fiscal stress. Demands for subsidised long-term care support raise corresponding, though distinct, issues.

Emerging economies, many of which are ageing very rapidly while still facing relatively low per capita incomes, confront different issues. Large informal sectors mean that many people lie outside the reach of any formal program of support, while urbanisation means that traditional family support is breaking down. 

This workshop will address these issues, and will feature keynote lectures by Kathleen McGarry, Professor of Economics at UCLA and Research Associate at NBER, as well as Michael Keane, Professor of Economics and CEPAR Chief Investigator at UNSW Sydney.

A selection of the papers presented by academic experts at this workshop will be published in the special issue on ‘Resources in Retirement’ of the Journal of the Economics of Ageing.

Submission for the workshop

Submissions for the workhsop have closed. The authors of accepted papers / abstracts are notified at the end of January 2019, and completed draft papers are expected by March 31, 2019.

Subject to budget, support for economy air travel and accommodation will be available for one paper author.

A selection of the papers presented at the workshop will (assuming successful completion of the review process) be published in a special issue of the Journal of the Economics of Ageing. All papers presented at the workshop are expected to be submitted to the special issue.

About the Next World Program

The Next World Program is a joint initiative of Harvard University’s Program on the Global Demography of Aging, the WDA Forum, Stanford University’s AHPP and the Fudan University’s Comparative Aging Societies. These institutions organise an annual workshop and a special issue in the Journal of the Economics of Ageing on an important economic theme related to ageing societies.


The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) is a unique collaboration between academia, government and industry, committed to delivering solutions to one of the major social challenges of the 21st century. Funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) through the Centres of Excellence scheme, CEPAR’s research is providing global solutions to the economic and social challenges of population ageing and building a new generation of researchers to global standard with an appreciation of the multidisciplinary nature of population ageing. The Centre is based at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) with nodes at The Australian National University (ANU), Curtin University, The University of Melbourne and The University of Sydney.

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Monday, June 24, 2019 - 09:00
End date: 
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 17:00
Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney