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What impact does an aging population have on the economy?

25 April 2016

The Scottish Affairs Committee continues their inquiry into the demography of Scotland and the implications for devolution with an evidence session focusing on the economic impact of an aging population and slow population growth.


Wednesday 27 April 2016, Room 6, Palace of Westminster

At 2.15pm:

  • Dr Katerina Lisenkova, National Institute of Economic and Social Research
  • Dr Alasdair Rutherford, University of Stirling


Dr Lisenkova specialises in population economics and has carried out research into areas including higher education, immigration and population aging.

Dr Rutherford's research focuses on the public policy implications in topics such as social care and non-profit organisations.

Chair's comments

Ahead of the session, Committee chair Pete Wishart, said:

"In this session we will be looking at the specific demographic issues that Scotland is facing and discussing potential solutions. Compared to the rest of the UK we have slower population growth, lower life expectancy and a greater proportion of dependants to working population.

We will be examining what impact UK-wide policies have on addressing these issues and asking if the Scottish Government currently has the right powers to be able to develop tailored solutions to them."

Further information

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