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New Working Paper: The Evolution of Consumption Patterns Associated With Ageing

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Paula C. Albuquerque, of the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão in Lisbon, has published a working paper "to quantify the impact of the evolution of consumption patterns associated with ageing on the relative importance of industries in Portugal."

Now, I know there is, at best, a small segment of Minyanville readers who want/need such a report, but I'm almost slightly possibly sort of sure that someone, somewhere out there will enjoy this.

The paper "uses data from the Family Spending Survey to disaggregate the Household column of the Portuguese Input-Output Table in different age groups, projecting their consumption, using the latest demographic projections made by Statistics Portugal (INE). Findings – The study identifies the industries that are likely to be stimulated by the ageing of the Portuguese populations, as well as the industries that will most likely become disadvantaged by the process. Social implications – The task of identification of growing and declining industries due to ageing is important to help the design of employment, environmental, and social policies. Original/Value – The contemporary demographic trends in western societies have added to the importance of studying the economic and social consequences of ageing. Previously, the main issues have been the labour market effects, the sustainability of social security systems, and long-term care. In this paper, we address a different research topic, quantifying the sectoral impact of the evolution of consumption patterns associated with ageing."

Even if the subject matter doesn't excite you, how cool is the name Paula C. Albuquerque? I think I like it even better than Michigan J. Frog--and that's a tough one to beat.

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