Latvia - The retirement economy - January 31, 2017

Compared with the other Baltic states Latvia is aging rapidly. The share of aged population in the national economy increases more quickly than the inflow of young and middle-aged population, i.e. persons who are at the age of labour activity. With 28%, their ratio of elderly people (>65 years) to labour force (15-64 years) is the largest in these countries and predictions go as high as 43% for 2040. Next to a low birth rate, the country is also faced with substantial out-migration of able-bodied population to other countries with good working opportunities. One of the solutions could be a paradoxical decision to lower retirement age. In order to free up jobs for young people, who particularly keenly feel the burden of unemployment and to motivate them to participate in social programs and pension funds.

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