Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Mitigating cost of ageing

McKinsey has an interesting Chart Focus displaying the mitigating effect of direct & indirect policy measures on the opportunity cost to growth of ageing societies. By far the largest effect could be had in Germany by raising the average rates of return on savings, which would not appear to be outlandish, given the notoriously conservative nature in which German savings tend to be invested. Immigration and higher fertility pale in comparison.

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