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Intergenerational Fairness

Ensuring intergenerational fairness is one of the biggest challenges facing policy-makers today. Citizens are increasingly worried that their children may end up worse off than their parents, challenging a key premise that has long underpinned societies: that each successive generation would become better off than the previous.

An ageing population, structural changes to the economy and the impact of technological advances on the world of work raise significant questions about the prospects for stable and sustainable growth in Europe and beyond. This raises important questions for future financial sustainability and the fair distribution of resources between generations.

Guest blogs on intergenerational fairness

Ann Mettler   Iliana Ivanova   Ambar Narayan   Roy van der Weide   Catherine Pearce

Yekaterina Chzhen   Philippe Seidel   Giles Merritt   Luis Lobo Xavier   Ian Ball

We believe it is time for a step-change in the way we tackle issues of intergenerational fairness. To encourage further new thinking, we asked a range of senior policy-makers and experts from Europe and beyond to share their perspectives on the issue.

Intergenerational fairness: a survey of citizens in 10 European countries

This survey provides a unique picture of the views of 10,000 Europeans on intergenerational fairness. Carried out in mid-2017, the countries surveyed reflect a broad diversity of size, geography and economy across the continent. Structured in three sections, the survey explores whether Europeans feel that their respective generations are being treated fairly by government and whether they trust their governments are taking account of the longer-term financial impact of key policy choices. This builds on our existing work on public finances in Europe, seeking to facilitate discussion among key policymakers and stakeholders on how governments can promote greater confidence in the way they manage their public finances.