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Board Members in the News: S. Jay Olshansky and John W. Rowe co-author article in The Hill on the impact of low US birth rate on older Americans

May 25
2018

Board Members in the News: S. Jay Olshansky and John W. Rowe co-author article in The Hill on the impact of low US birth rate on older Americans View MoreBACK

On May 21, 2018, The Hill published an article co-authored by AFAR board member, S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D. and former board president John W. Rowe, M.D.

Effects of historically low birth rate will reverberate for years to come” focuses on the economic and social consequences of a historically low birth rate in the United States. 

The authors consider how the future of Social Security and Medicare, which depends on the taxes on the workforce, will be threatened if there is less taxable income due to lower birth rates.

Job re-training and offering flexible work arrangements for older workers, as well as changing the eligibility age for Medicare and social security as life expectancy increases, are offered as potential solutions.

The article states: “The 5.4 year increase in life expectancy at birth and 2.9 year increase in life expectancy at age 65 since the latest amendments of the program in 1983, provides ample justification to raise the early and full Social Security retirement ages.”

Read the full article here.

Read a related study, co-authored by S. Jay Olshansky and John W. Rowe and commissioned by AFAR, on the longevity dividend here.


S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D. is a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

John W. Rowe, M.D. is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.





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