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Superannuation and the ageing myth
journal contributionposted on 2004-06-01, 00:00 authored by Rami HanegbiRami Hanegbi, Mirko Bagaric
The ageing population rationale, which was the central plank underpinning compulsory superannuation, is flawed. The increase in individual wealth in the future more than compensates for the increasing number of older people. In addition to this, compulsory superannuation contributes to the ageing population problem because it provides less money to couples who wish to raise children and hence provides a disincentive for people to have children. The most appropriate method for dealing with the ageing problem is to encourage people to work longer - not because they need the money, but because it is good for their psyche and self-worth.