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The aging monster

Robert J. Samuelson on

Brazil 13 40

China 15 48

France 33 52

Germany 35 59

Greece 33 73

Italy 38 72

Japan 46 78

Russia 21 40

United Kingdom 31 48

United States 25 40

Source: (Source: OECD)

"Few reforms are as contested as raising the retirement age," says the OECD report ("Pensions at a Glance 2017"). "Why is it so unpopular to work longer even among people with longer life expectancy and in good health?"

Good question. The answer illuminates a dilemma of democracy: Giving people what they want in the present may damage our collective future.

(c) 2017, The Washington Post Writers Group






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