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By Holger Bonin

Among the options used to evaluate the sustainability of economic coverage in a altering demographic setting, generational accounting has develop into the main sought after. This booklet supplies an entire and updated creation to the speculation and perform of the tactic. It unearths deficiencies of the unique residual suggestion and discusses numerous measures of intergenerational redistribution in response to the new sustainability method of generational accounting. An software utilizing information on German public funds serves to supply an in-depth clarification and useful representation of the process. The research develops new systems to guage the financial externalities of migration and the redistribution of internet wealth between dwelling generations as a result of Social defense reform. The e-book is an crucial resource of reference for analysts making use of generational accounting and for these wishing to check intertemporal redistribution via financial policy.

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PrOjecting futu~e subgroup tax and transfer payments, generational accountants for a base case typically use uniform forecasting rules in line with the principles discussed in the previous sections. This procedure preserves the initial relative fiscal position of the distinct population groups for the future. 24 24 This approach implies that there are no transitions between fiscally distinct population groups that would change average net taxes. 7 Ambiguities of Generational Accounts 33 Although application of uniform uprating rules for all subpopulations is consistent with the status quo character of generational accounting, it might be seriously misleading on some occasions.

On the other hand, the corresponding macroeconomic data, typically taken from National Accounting statistics, are utmost exact. Therefore, 6 Cf. Kakwani and Krongaew (1999) and Altamiranda (1999) for examples. 7 Ireland is a prominent example. The EU transfers received by the Irish government amount to almost two percent of GDP. While foreign transfers are not part of the generational accounts, they need to be considered projecting aggregate public revenue [McCarthy and Bonin (1999)]. 6) must hold in theory, no existing statistics on individual tax and transfer flows between the private and public sector would ever guarantee that this relation holds empirically.

As the intertemporal budget constraint is defined in present value terms, the predicted amount of net government purchases in each year y is discounted to the base year by application of a uniform discount factor. Again, if the economy is dynamically efficient, the present value of aggregate government purchases remains finite. In the generational accounting literature, the variable Gt,y has been addressed as government consumption frequently, and more recently as non-agespecific government expenditure.

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