Calculating the cost: the consequences of excessive optimism in projections of economic growth

David Kingman argues that current assessments for spending on the aged as a percentage of GDP are flawed, and unfair to future generations. The cost of future liabilities is often expressed as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), i.e. how much of the country’s economic output they are projected to be worth. However, this… Read more »

Voting age – an intergenerational issue

Angus Hanton proposes that the voting age should be reviewed to ensure that the younger generation is properly represented There are some democratic systems in which there is an upper age limit on voting. For example, in the Vatican Cardinals over 80 years old are not allowed to cast a vote in the election of a new Pope.… Read more »

British jobs for British workers?

Sam Desborough looks at the suggestion that the role of immigration in filling job vacancies will have long-term intergenerational implications in the UK One and a half million. This is the number of people in the UK – according to most recent figures from the Department of Work and Pensions – who have never had a… Read more »

BBC Radio Four’s Thought For The Day

Clifford Longley, leading religious commentator, asks what our responsibilities should be to our relatives who have yet to be born. Broadcast on BBC Radio Four’s ‘Thought For The Day’, 4 July 2011. Listen to clip

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“After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.” Corinthians 12, verse 14b