New OECD report on preventing inequalities in old age

11/06/2017 - 14:53

The OECD recently published a new report on how inequality developes throughout the life course and materialises in old age. It examines how the two global mega-trends of population ageing and rising inequalities have been developing and interacting, both within and across generations.

Taking a life-course perspective the report shows how inequalities in education, health, employment and earnings compound, resulting in large differences in lifetime earnings across different groups. While the report underlines that ageing unequally is not a new phenomenon, it shows that today's younger generations are likely to face higher inequality in old age due to more unstable labour marker conditions and widening income inequalities. 

The report suggests a policy agenda to prevent, mitigate and cope with inequalities along the life course drawing on good practices in OECD countries and emerging economies.

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