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Population Europe Inter-Faces: Róbert Gál

An interview with Róbert Gál (Hungarian Demographic Research Institute) on intergenerational transfers and social policies.


1. I often worry about the security of my pension and how the younger generations will cope with the financial burdens awaiting them because of the increasing number of older people. Can research tell us how these imbalances will really develop?

2. Pensions and healthcare are big draws on public finances, but older people also complete a lot of unpaid work. Is this accounted for in the statistics at all?

3. Apart from older people working longer, what can be done to ease the pressure on our social transfer systems?

4. What about public transfers that benefit other age groups, how high are they in comparison to old-age related payments?

The Population Europe Inter-Face Series has been published with financial support from the Progress programme of the European Union in the framework of the project ”Supporting a Partnership for Enhancing Europe’s Capacity to Tackle Demographic and Societal Change”.