The world's population hit 7 billion in 2011, and is aging. How will this affect international economies?

To address this question, S&P published "Global Aging 2013: Rising to the Challenge." The study includes 50 countries, two-thirds of the world's population and three-quarters of the world's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The study analyzes how aging societies will affect public finances. In addition to the written report, for the first time this year’s Global Aging data is accessible via interactive tools on the Web and iPad that illustrate the global implications of population aging.

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  • Jun 26, 2013
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  • Mar 19, 2013

For the first time, S&P's Global Aging data is available via interactive tools on the Web and an iPad app that allow users to view the impact of aging on public finances.