Graphs of the day: the young and able are working less, the old and feeble are working more
Update: see also this post from Tyler Cowen, with an even more telling Wonkblog graph.
There is a somewhat ridiculous discussion about pensions going on, not based on necessity (in the west we are clearly rich enough to ensure decent pensions) but about how best to defund them. The reality is, however, that older people are working more and more while younger people are working less and less – not just because there are no jobs available but also because they are disconnected to the labour market, for whatever reason. This means, by implication, that the period during which the older generation takes care of the young ones is, alas, increasing. Not entirely surprising members of this young generation are among the loudest proponents of cutting pensions and rising the pension age: the older you are, the scarier it is to finally leave the nest.
Graph 1: In(!)activity rates…
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