The Family, the Market or the State?

Intergenerational Support Under Pressure in Ageing Societies

  • Gustavo De Santis

Part of the International Studies in Population book series (ISIP, volume 100)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Demographic Changes and Transfer Systems, Between Equity and Sustainability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Fernando Gil-Alonso
      Pages 35-58
    3. Luc Godbout, Suzie St-Cerny, Pier-André Bouchard St-Amant, Pierre Fortin
      Pages 59-79
  3. Economic Security in Old Age

  4. Time Is on Whose Side? Mutual Support and Exchanges Between Generations

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 203-207

About this book


This book touches upon a few of the major challenges that all modern societies will have to face in the near future: how to set up a resilient pay-as-you-go pension system; whether the current balance between expenses and revenues in social expenditure is viable in the future, and, if not, what changes need to be introduced; whether the relative well-being of the current and future cohorts of the old will be preserved, and how their standards of living compare to those experienced by the old in the recent past.

At the micro level, the exchanges between generations are presented and discussed in detail: how they have evolved in the recent past in terms of time, money, co-residence and proximity, and what will likely happen next. The geographical scope is on Europe, Canada and South Korea.

A rich documentation of tables and graphs supports the scientific analyses and the policy implications in each of the nine chapters of this book, where demography, sociology, and economics intersect fruitfully, both at the macro and at the micro level.


Ageing and policies Ageing in developed countries Demographic changes and fiscal sustainability Demographic changes and transfer systems Economic security in old age Economic well-being of baby-boomers Economic well-being of retirees Equity and sustainability Heterogeneous elderly parents Income and poverty among older Koreans Intergenerational transfers in Japan Low-income elderly Mutual support andd exchanges between generations Pension systems Quebec's public finances Relationship between public and family transfers Social norms and intergenerational relationships

Editors and affiliations

  • Gustavo De Santis
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of StatisticsUniversity of FlorenceFirenzeItaly

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