The realities of mounting government debt, tax burdens, and an ageing population raise serious concerns about the financial legacy confronting future generations. How great a fiscal burden will late-1990s policies leave to subsequent generations, and how might changes in those policies alter the intergenerational distribution of public welfare? Generational accounting has recently emerged as a robust new method of fiscal analysis and planning designed to assess the long-term sustainability of fiscal policy and to measure the extent of the financial load ultimately borne by present and future generations. A seminal contribution to public ecomics, generational accounting has already been adopted by 23 nations around the world. Combining late-1990s country-by-country generational analyses with a comprehensive review of generational accounting's invative methodology, these papers are a resource for ecomists, political scientists and policy makers concerned with fiscal health and responsibility.
Alan J. Auerbach, etc.
The University of Chicago Press
Date of Publication
Economics: Professional & General
National Bureau of Economic Research Project Reports