Measuring Intergenerational Justice in Aging Societies

  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•02•13    12:30 - 13:30

    Joint UNU-MERIT/School of Governance Seminar

    Population aging has led to a renewed interest in the notion of justice between the generations. But efforts to measure intergenerational justice in practice have lagged behind.

    In this seminar, Dr. Pieter Vanhuysse (European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research) will discuss a pragmatic empirical snapshot measure for 29 OECD countries around 2010. Sustainability is the moral starting point: “enough and as good” ought to be left by each generation for the next.

    The measure is composed of four dimensions. Three dimensions capture policy outcomes that leave legacy burdens towards future generations, while the fourth captures policy spending bias towards elderly citizens. These dimensions are aggregated into a synthetic intergenerational justice value per country, using a benefit-of-the-doubt weighting method that respects the revealed preferences of democratically elected governments.

    Dr. Vanhuysse will cover cross-national results and a number of policy ideas for boosting intergenerational justice, ranging from the obvious (early childhood investment) to the utopian (proxy votes for children).

    About the speaker

    Pieter Vanhuysse is Head of Research and Deputy Director at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna (affiliated with the UN). His research focuses on political sociology and comparative political economy of human capital, pensions, and other public policies in ageing OECD democracies.