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Economics of Ageing Spotlight Series: Is the politics of ageing creating conflict between generations?
Ageing populations are often presented as a challenge that can only be addressed by dismantling the welfare state – undermining precisely that institution which is an enabler of longevity in the first place. Divisive and alarmist views of population ageing are often based on stereotypes and anecdotes unsupported by evidence, when perhaps the problem is political and exposes the challenge of creating fair, sustainable and effective policies for people of all ages. How we address ageing societies is a choice. Societies can choose policies that benefit people of all ages, promoting equity both within and between generations, and political coalitions can be built to support such policies. But how can this be achieved? An event organized by European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.