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Rising pensioner income in the news again

by on February 13, 2017

Accompanied by stock photos of a couple cycling in the sunshine and relaxing on the shores of an Italian lake (I’m guessing a bit on the location), this BBC story headlines news from the ‘think tank’ The Resolution Foundation.  Unusually for the BBC there is no direct link through to the research cited, so it took a bit of digging to discover the origin is a report they produced for The Intergenerational Commission

I hope you are keeping up as it turns out that ‘The Intergenerational Commission’ is a thinktank founded by The Resolution Foundation and chaired by David Willetts, who amongst other things is author of ‘How the BabyBoomers took their children’s future’.  Another few clicks and it turns out the David Willetts is also chair of the Resolution Foundation.

I know – its only Monday!  Some crass stereotypical stock photos and a story on Generations already.

Interestingly the BBC story doesn’t mention generations at all.  But its all there in the report.  Now this is a 45 page report so I am going to read it properly before I actually review it in detail on this blog.  There is a first time for everything!  But in 45 pages, full of discussion of intergenerational fairness and the intergenerational social contract there doesn’t seem to be any definition of the term generation.  Rather generational labels are discussed as though they are clearly accepted and comparable groups.  There is also some conflation of familial and cohort sense of the term generation and the usual conflation with age.  While even from a quick skim read we can see that there is some acknowledgement of intra-generational inequity this seems brushed aside as already receiving enough attention elsewhere.  I look forward to reading the whole 45 pages and adding more to our blog later in the week!

Just to reiterate, at @AgeatWork we research issues relating to all ages at work.  Our concern here is the impact of stereotyping all generations – whatever labels you chose to use – particularly when generation is used as a explanatory mechanism for  difference in  socioeconomic status.


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