America’s aging population could worsen the federal budget problem

Retired engineer and his wife look over documents concerning their investments at their home in Orlando.

Senior Fellow Louise Sheiner discusses demographic shifts in the United States and the long term effects an aging population will have on the federal budget.

Also in this episode, Molly Reynolds on the recently-passed omnibus spending bill and what priorities each chamber will likely address after Congress returns from recess. Related content: The long-term impact of aging on the federal budget Persistently low interest rates argue for delayed budget belt-tightening even in an aging America — Thanks to audio producer Gaston Reboredo with assistance from Mark Hoelscher, and to producers Brennan Hoban and Chris McKenna. Additional support comes from Jessica Pavone, Eric Abalahin, Rebecca Viser, our intern Steven Lee, Camilo Ramirez, and David Nassar. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on Apple Podcasts, send feedback email to [email protected], and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter. The Brookings Cafeteria is a part of the Brookings Podcast Network.