Population Ageing - A Threat to the Welfare State?

The Case of Sweden

  • Tommy Bengtsson

Part of the Demographic Research Monographs book series (DEMOGRAPHIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Tommy Bengtsson
    Pages 1-6
  3. Tommy Bengtsson, Kirk Scott
    Pages 7-22
  4. Björn Lindgren, Carl Hampus Lyttkens
    Pages 81-107
  5. Andreas Bergh
    Pages 109-119
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 121-123

About this book


This book is the first to take a comprehensive view of the challenges that population ageing present in the near future taking Sweden as the case. Can the increasing number of retirees per worker be stopped by immigration or increasing fertility or will we need to increase pension age instead? Cost for the social-care system is readily increasing; even more is the costs for health care. Can the galloping costs be funded by an increase in taxes or do we need to make reforms, similar to the ones already made in the pension system, which has been used as a model for many other countries. The fact that it is difficult to make health care dependent on personal contributions, as is the case of the pension system, funding of health care is a true test of solidarity across generations. The book ends with a discussion on whether the demographic challenge to the welfare system is also a threat to the welfare state as such.


Ageing Population ageing Population economics Social policy Sweden Welfare Welfare State Welfare systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Tommy Bengtsson
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Economic HistoryUniversity of LundLundSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-12611-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-12612-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1613-5520
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