A Nobel Prize, at the Salamanca Longevity Economics Congress

Longevity is a reality that affects numerous sectors of society. The unstoppable increase in life expectancy means a real challenge, a new horizon full of opportunities, which must be analyzed and planned. For this reason, the General Foundation of the University of Salamanca, through the International Center on Aging (CENIE), has organized the International Conference on the Economy of Longevity, which The Hospedería Fonseca de Salamanca will meet next November 2 and 3 numerous national and international experts, along with institutional representatives from both Spain and Portugal, to discuss the economic opportunities of long-lived societies.

The objectives of this initiative are to promote the implementation of studies and research, favor the exchange of experiences that guide the way of understanding this reality and promote the sustainable development of the new long-lived societies. In this sense, the director of the General Foundation of the University of Salamanca, Óscar González Benito, has highlighted the need to create a space to promote this outstanding economic factor: “Increasing longevity represents a challenge full of opportunities that it is necessary to analyze in order to plan sustainable development”, he explains.

The International Congress of Economics has an ambitious program, in which aspects such as the transformation of the work cycle and taking advantage of the opportunities of the new longevity will be addressed. Likewise, the new work cycles will be analyzed and the challenges and needs will be discussed, as well as the offers and demands of a long-lived society, and the role of institutions, companies and workers.

The inauguration will feature Ricardo Rivero, rector of the University of Salamanca; Richard H. Thaler, Nobel Laureate in Economics; Nadia Calviño, First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, and Enrique Cabero Morán, President of the CES of Castilla y León.

This meeting will offer the opportunity to establish a dialogue between institutions, the academic world, researchers and economic and social agents. González Benito affirms that “it will be a unique opportunity to be able to listen for the first time in Spain to prestigious international experts, from various areas of knowledge, so that it will be possible to have a fairly complete vision of the current situation from different perspectives”.

Speakers include Richard H. Thaler, 2017 Nobel Laureate in Economics; Andrew J. Scott, Professor at the London Business School; Nicholas Barr, professor at the London School of Economics; Daniela Bass, from the dept. of Social and Economic Affairs of the UN, Diego Ramiro Fariñas, director of the Institute of Economy, Geography and Demography of the CSIC; Ana João Sepúlveda, executive director of 40+Lab; María Laffaire, KSNET researcher; and Pablo Antonio Muñoz Gallego, professor at the University of Salamanca. The congress is part of the INTERREG Program, VA, Spain-Portugal, POCTEP, 2014-2020, of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The congress will favor the creation of a constructive dialogue between the academic world, researchers and economic and social agents, to promote the exchange of experiences that help guide the understanding of this reality. For this reason, it will have institutional representatives, including Hervé Boulhol, head of OECD pensions; Daniela Bas, director of the Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs; María Gafo, Deputy Head of the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission; José Luis Escrivá, Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration of Spain, and Isabel Ferreira, Secretary of State for Regional Development of Portugal; Therefore, González Benito asserts, “it will be a valuable opportunity to discuss this outstanding economic factor.” According to a study by Oxford Economics and the University of Salamanca, the Economy of Longevity generated an impact of 325,303 million in Spain in 2019, equivalent to 26% of GDP that year. With the aim of promoting debate in society as a whole, the Congress will be open to the public (you can register at www.economialongevidad.com) and can be followed in person or in streaming.

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A Nobel Prize, at the Salamanca Longevity Economics Congress