Population ageing and (dis-) inflation20 March, 2012, 0:07. Posted by Zarathustra
Tags: Global, Inflation
In my 2012 forecast for China’s economy, I pointed out that while the consensus seems to suggest that the future for China will be inflationary because of ageing population and shrinking labour force (see also BarCap’s view on this issue, in which they think China will have a structurally high inflation in the years to come), I raised my serious doubt on this issue, citing that Japan has no inflation at all, and that China today is having the same sort of problems Japan had when Japan’s real estate bubble burst.
I have just discovered that very long time ago, Michael McDonough of Bloomberg Brief produced the chart below, which provides a very good overview on population ageing and inflation. In short, countries with older demographics have lower inflation.