In this paper we study the implications of population ageing in an economy with a sizeable non-traded goods sector. To this effect a highly stylized micro-founded macro model is constructed in which the age structure of the population plays a non-trivial role. The model distinguishes separate birth and death probabilities (thus allowing for net population change), allows for age-dependent labour productivity (thus mimicing life-cycle saving), and includes a rudimentary pension system (thus allowing for intergenerational redistribution). The model is used to analytically study demographic and pension shocks.

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Bettendorf, L.J.H, & Heijdra, B.J. (2004). Population Ageing and Pension Reform in a Small Open Economy with Non-Traded Goods (No. TI 05-021/2). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper Series. Retrieved from