Research Forum: Assessing the Impact of New England's Changing Demographics Research Forum: Assessing the Impact of New England's Changing Demographics

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Friday, November 13, 2009
8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Boston Room
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
600 Atlantic Avenue

Co-sponsored with Northeastern University's School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, this forum featured economic research assessing the impact of New England’s changing demographics.

Over the next 20 years, New England, along with the nation, will undergo a profound demographic shift as the Baby Boom generation moves into their golden years. Many are concerned that this shift will bring with it new challenges for the region in terms of the supply of skilled workers, the adequacy of the housing stock, and the ability to finance state and local services. The goal of this research meeting was to bring together a select group of researchers across New England to focus on how the changing age structure of the population will affect three major areas: the labor market, the housing market, and state and local finances.

Presentations from the forum are available; please click on the presentation title in the agenda below to access individual presentations.

Agenda & Presentations

8:45 am

Coffee and welcome

9:00 am

Demography as Destiny: The Aging of American Households
Barry Bluestone, Dean, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University

Dr. Bluestone's presentation

9:45 am

Population Aging and State Pensions in New England
Richard Woodbury, Visiting Scholar, New England Public Policy Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Dr. Woodbury's presentation

10:45 am

Population Aging, Labor Demand, and the Structure of Wages
Robert Triest, Vice President and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Dr. Triest's presentation

11:30 am

Impact of Demographic Changes on the Labor Market in New England
Barbara McIntosh, Professor, School of Business Administration
Associate Director, Center on Aging
School of Business Administration, University of Vermont

Dr. McIntosh's presentation