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Making Gerontocracy Work: Population Aging and the Generosity of Public Long-term Care

Publiceringsår: 2012
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 300-315
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy
Volym: 34
Nummer: 2
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Oxford University Press


This paper examines how the aging population affects the generosity of public long-term care (LTC) in Sweden. Theoretically, aging has a direct effect on LTC policy because the elderly become a more important voter group. However, concerns for other citizens may dampen the political importance of the elderly. Fixed effects regressions on municipality-level panel data for 1999-2007 suggest that LTC generosity slightly decreases in response to an aging population. In particular, a smaller share of the elderly become entitled to LTC.



  • Social Sciences
  • Population aging
  • Long-term care
  • Local government services
  • H72
  • H75
  • I12
  • I18


  • ISSN: 2040-5790

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