10 articles

The Graying of the Emerging Economies

Will demographics crimp growth?

Population aging is often cited as a major economic challenge for the developed world. But a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) shows that shifting demographics pose an even greater threat to the growth prospects of many emerging economies. Over the last 50 years, the world’s 1.6% annual population growth fueled a surging […]

The Glory Days of Transportation

Will the sharing economy keep an older America on the move?

The nation’s largest gathering of transportation thinkers, the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board, was just held in Washington, DC. A nascent topic, that was discussed more in the hallways, than in symposium rooms was the impact of the sharing economy. After nearly three decades of attendance I have observed that innovation in transportation, or any […]

Living in an Aging World

Cities need to adjust policies and rethink resources to support an aging demographic.

The world’s top 750 cities will experience profound demographic shifts over the next 15 years. For one, the world will be urbanizing rapidly: by 2030, the populations of these leading cities will increase by an estimated 410 million. What’s more, the changes in birth rates and the longer life spans will have a transformative effect […]

The Geography of Aging

How the aging population is facing challenges across the globe.

Being busy with everyday life many of us, including myself, do not spend much time thinking how our lives will look like in 20 or 30 years. However, when I travel to the countries I work on, I see the challenges faced by the elderly, especially in rural areas. These challenges include poor access to […]

Disruptive Demographics

Joe Coughlin, director of MIT AgeLab, discusses the future of healthcare and aging.

Humorist and social commentator Andy Rooney once said: “… the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.” Today, it’s not just individuals who hear the ticking of the biological clock. It’s entire nations. In ways unseen in history, the graying of humanity is […]