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Seminar: Professor Wolfgang Lutz, ‘Demographic balance and human capital from an intergenerational perspective’

Speaker: Professor Wolfgang Lutz, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Vienna

Chair: Professor Sarah Harper, Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing

Our world is demographically divided – some populations continue to grow rapidly, while others are already on a shrinking trajectory. But it is becoming increasingly important to understand how population structures are actually changing, not just increasing in size.  Many populations have been ageing in an historically unprecedented way, and an acceleration of global population ageing is almost certain for the coming decades. At the same time, the educational achievement among the young is improving dramatically in many parts of the world. This implies that the future workforce will be better educated and, in the context of ageing, the higher productivity of workers may (over)compensate for their relatively smaller numbers. It also implies that the future elderly will be much better educated than today’s elderly, with many consequences for their health and potential productivity.

Dr Lutz’s presentation will provide an opportunity to put this whole complex picture of changing global demographics into the context of our vulnerability and adaptive capacity to climate change, as viewed from an intergenerational perspective.

Seminars are free and open to everyone. They take place in the Old Indian Institute (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets) from 3.30-5.00pm on Thursdays during term time.

This event is part of a seminar series:

Seminar Series: "Intergenerational Justice: What do we owe future generations?"

What are the long-term consequences of decisions we make today, and to what extent should the interests of future generations be taken into account? There is a wide range of public policy challenges that require us to provide some sort of answer to these questions. This interdisciplinary seminar series brings together academics and experts to address the implications of critical question...

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Event Details

17 February 2011 15:30 - 17:00


Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School

34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets)