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IDRC book one of Choice magazine’s outstanding titles


Choice magazine provides reviews of scholarly publications to the more than 25,000 academic librarians, faculty, and key decision-makers responsible for acquisitions for college and university libraries. Every year, Choice’s editors and reviewers releases their list of Outstanding Academic Titles from among the publications they review. In 2012, the magazine selected Population Aging and the Generational Economy: A Global Perspective, co-published by IDRC and Edward Elgar, as one of its outstanding titles.

Some 7,000 works were reviewed by Choice reviewed in 2012 across 54 disciplines. Winners were announced in the January 2013 issue. “While there already exists a crowded body of publications addressing the effect of an aging population on the economy, this monograph is most outstanding in presenting a global, in-depth analysis of the implications thereby generated for 23 developed and developing countries," according to the book's reviewer from Lafayette College in the US.

Population Aging and the Generational Economy: A Global Perspective examines the relationship of longer lives to economic growth, consumption, and intergenerational transfers to the elderly and children. Support ratios — the relation of the effective number of producers to consumers — is presented for 1950-2050 in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the US. The compilation is the culmination of work by more than 50 economists and demographers. The book will be part of an exhibit of Outstanding Academic Title winners at the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association, to be held in Seattle in January 2013.

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