Demographics are not set in stone, nor are their implications for individual and collective well-being.


  • Population 2020

    Demographics can be a potent driver of the pace and process of economic development

    David E. Bloom

  • The Long, Good Life

    Longer, more productive lives will mean big changes to the old rules of aging

    Andrew Scott

  • Reversing Demographic Decline

    Singapore’s experience in trying to raise its fertility rate offers lessons for other countries

    Poh Lin Tan

  • Accepting the reality of secular stagnation

    New approaches are needed to deal with sluggish growth

    Lawrence H. Summers

  • Japan’s Shrinkonomics

    Japan is the world’s policy laboratory for dealing with an aging, shrinking population

    Gee Hee Hong and Todd Schneider

  • Eastern Europe’s Exodus

    In Europe’s newest states, emigration compounds the problem of aging populations

    Maria Petrakis

  • Immigrant Swan Song

    Immigration can solve the demographic dilemma— but not without the right policies

    Giovanni Peri

  • Getting Older but Not Poorer

    As societies age worldwide, pensions and public policies must adapt

    David Amaglobeli, Era Dabla-Norris, and Vitor Gaspar


    Youth Rising

    Tree under thirty forge their own futures

    Sahiba Chawdhary, Omar Chennaf, and Jjumba Martin


    People in Economics Retirement Behaviorist

    Peter J. Walker profles Wharton’s Olivia S. Mitchell, a founder of modern pension research

  • Picture This Coming of Age

    By 2050, as birth rates continue to drop and people live longer, the world’s population will change Neil Ruiz, Luis Noe-Bustamante, and Nadya Saber

  • In the Trenches Rebuilding Somalia

    Finance Minister Abdirahman Dualeh Beileh sees hope for his country’s economic development

  • Back to Basics

    How Can Interest Rates Be Negative?

    Countries are starting to experiment with negative interest rates

    Vikram Haksar and Emanuel Kopp

  • Access to Finance:

    Why Aren’t Women Leaning In?

    Women are self-selecting out of the African credit market

    Hanan Morsy

  • Where the Sun Shines

    Renewable energy sources, especially solar, are ideal for meeting Africa’s electrical power needs

    Gregor Schwerhof and Mouhamadou Sy

  • 60 Years of Uncertainty

    Our new index provides novel insights into an amorphous concept

    Hites Ahir, Nicholas Bloom, and Davide Furceri

  • Book Reviews

    Good Economics for Hard Times, Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Dufo

    Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World, Branko Milanovic

    Narrative Economics—How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events, Robert Shiller

  • Currency Notes Natural Treasures

    Samoa honors its environmental heritage in colorful currency

    Melinda Weir

Front Matter Page


Gita Bhatt


Maureen Burke


Jacqueline Deslauriers

Peter Walker


Rahim Kanani


Lijun Li


Melinda Weir


Michael Harrup

Lucy Morales


Bernardin Akitoby

Celine Allard

Bas Bakker

Steven Barnett

Nicoletta Batini

Helge Berger

Paul Cashin

Luis Cubeddu

Alfredo Cuevas

Rupa Duttagupta

Thomas Helbling

Tommaso Mancini Griffoli

Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti

Christian Mumssen

İnci Ötker

Catriona Purfield

Uma Ramakrishnan

Abdelhak Senhadji

Alison Stuart

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