Population Aging and Global Capital Flows in a Parallel Universe

Author/Editor:

Robin Brooks

Publication Date:

August 1, 2000

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper explores the global impact of population aging, using a calibrated overlapping generations model of eight world regions to simulate the effects of historical and projected demographic trends on international capital flows. The simulations show that there will be a turning point in regional savings – investment balances between 2010 and 2030 when the European Union and North America will experience a substantial decline in savings relative to investment as their populations age rapidly. This shift will be financed by capital flows from less developed regions which are projected to become capital exporters.

Series:

Working Paper No. 00/151

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 2000

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451857023/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1512000

Format:

Paper

Pages:

31

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