Informelle Arbeit in alternden Gesellschaften. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen des ‚produktiven Alterns’

English title: Informal Work in Ageing Societies. Opportunities and Limitations of ‚Productive Ageing’

Author(s): M. Erlinghagen -

Language: German

Type: Journal article

Year: 2008


Against the background of the ongoing demographic change the negative impacts of population ageing has recently been more and more confronted with the positive concept of ‘productive ageing’. This concept stresses that an ageing population does not only result in increasing social costs. In fact even after retirement older people contribute to social wealth by productive activities like volunteering or caring for relatives or grandchildren. The paper describes the opportunities as well as the limitations of ‘productive ageing’ concepts and stresses the importance of a balance between activity and passivity. Such a balance should not only be preferred for ethical but also for economic reasons.

Volume: 128

Issue: 2

From page no: 237

To page no: 259

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.3790/SCHM.128.2.237

Journal: Schmollers Jahrbuch

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