Economic Gerontology: Older People as Consumers and Workers

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Aging book series (BRIEFSAGING)


This chapter discusses older people’s roles in the economy. It considers them in their role as workers who sell their manpower in the labour market, and as consumers who purchase goods and services. In Europe, the situation of older workers is currently strongly debated, and several governments have implemented reforms trying to encourage people to work until a later age. Older Europeans’ consumption patterns differ markedly from the ones of younger individuals, e.g. in that older people spend less money. Finally, this chapter discusses how the economic crisis might affect older Europeans.


Labour Market Labour Cost Pension Fund Pension System Young Worker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics, Institute of SociologyJagiellonian UniversityCracowPoland
  2. 2.Faculty of Law, Economics and GovernanceUniversiteit UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands

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