Are welfare states financing their growing elderly populations at the expense of their children?


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December 2003


In the light of the concerns that demands on social expenditure by the elderly will be met at the expense of benefits and services for children, the aim of this article is to review what has been happening in selected OECD countries in the last 20 years or so. Two measures of equity are considered: public expenditure on benefits and services for the elderly and families with children; and the relative poverty rates of the two groups.

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