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Virtual Roundtable – Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Inequality. Economic and Political Challenges of an Aging Population


Aging populations continue to be one of the major policy challenges in many countries. They affect the sustainability of pension systems, but can also affect economics and politics in other ways. The panel will discuss these economic and political challenges posed by an aging population; possible policy solutions; and the effect of aging itself on what policy reforms are feasible or likely to be adopted.


Gustavo Ventura
Economics, Arizona State University

Biography: Gustavo Ventura is a professor of economics at Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He has worked extensively in the fields of macroeconomics and public economics, with special focus on fiscal issues around taxation, redistribution and economic inequality. In his recent work “Rethinking the Welfare State”, Gustavo provides an economic assessment of various social welfare programs in the US. In his latest work “The Looming Fiscal Reckoning”, he analyzes how best to meet the rising revenue requirements in the US associated with an aging population.

Kevin Munger
Political Science, Pennsylvania State University

Biography: Kevin Munger is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Social Data Analytics at Penn State University. His research focuses on the impact of the internet and social media on political communication. He is the author of a recent book titled: ‘Generation Gap: Why the Baby Boomers Still Dominate American Politics and Culture’, published by Columbia University Press. In his book, he argues that the Generation Gap will likely define the politics of the next decade, in part because Boomers, Millenials, and Gen Z have remarkably distinct media consumption habits and cohort consciousness.


This virtual event is free and open to everyone interested in the topic, but registration is required.

The deadline to register is November 8 at noon.

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