2015 Annual Report: The Graying of the American Economy

President's Message

March 21, 2016

Between 2010 and 2030, the number of Americans over 65 will nearly double, from 40 million to 74 million. What will this mean for the U.S. economy? With this report, the Atlanta Fed hopes to draw increasing attention to the implications and challenges of this demographic shift.

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  • Soaring Numbers of Elderly Reshaping U.S. Economy

    Soaring Numbers of Elderly Reshaping U.S. Economy

    March 21, 2016

    The aging of the U.S. population will soon accelerate. Between now and 2050, the 65-and-up cohort will grow nearly six times as fast as the 18-to-64 population. Part 1 of the Atlanta Fed's 2015 annual report dives into the numbers.

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  • Fiscal Math Is Daunting

    Fiscal Math Is Daunting

    March 21, 2016

    The ratio of working-age Americans to those over 65 is falling fast, creating challenges for Social Security and Medicare. The longer policymakers wait to act, the tougher the challenges. Part 2 of the 2015 annual report analyzes how our aging population will affect these and other social insurance programs.

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  • Profound Changes in Store for Labor Market

    Profound Changes in Store for Labor Market

    April 18, 2016

    Labor force participation has slowed in recent years, due in part to retiring baby boomers. But as labor force growth slows, what happens to the growth potential of the U.S. economy? Part three of the Atlanta Fed's 2015 annual report looks at this conundrum.

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  • Is an Older Economy a Weaker Economy?

    Is an Older Economy a Weaker Economy?

    May 18, 2016

    Many forecasts call for slower economic growth in the coming decades, in some part because of the aging of the population. The Atlanta Fed's 2015 annual report explores this issue.

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