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National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) 2009The volume deals with the issue of “productivity, competiveness and human resources in aging societies.” It contains contributions from an economic perspective but also investigates non-monetary aspects of productivity. In addition, it investigates the impact that demographic change has on the productivity of the economy, against the backdrop of international interdependencies. Measures are developed that are necessary in order to maintain and increase both productivity and the standard of living under the conditions of demographic change. Such measures should relate to the careful approach to and systematic further development of the human capacities on hand, i.e. the wealth of experience on the part of older employees. The situation in Germany takes center stage; but the experience gathered in other countries is also drawn upon.