Type of Content: Research

Subtype: Journal Article

Resource Title: Making Old People Work: Three False Assumptions Supporting the “Working Longer Consensus”

Publication Title: Politics & Society

Publish Date: February 6, 2021

Pensions and social insurance—key parts of the welfare state—redistribute income and wealth across class by providing, or not providing, practical and legitimate access to basic income without requiring work for pay. Mistaken attention to generational equity and austerity economics creates a set of beliefs that older people should work more, forming what the article calls an emerging “Working Longer Consensus,” which is supported by three false doctrines. Using OECD data and secondary sources, the article counters each false doctrine by showing that healthy longevity gains are not distributed equally; there is no demonstrated trade-off between public spending for the elderly and children; and a greater supply of elder labor does not necessarily mean economic prosperity. The Working Longer Consensus, like the Washington Consensus, promises that pension austerity will yield economic prosperity.

Making Old People Work: Three False Assumptions Supporting the “Working Longer Consensus”

Resource URL: https://bit.ly/3dt3pol