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Simulating the cost of social care in an ageing population

Simulating the cost of social care in an ageing population (version 0.9.1)

This model is an agent-based simulation written in Python 2.7, which simulates the cost of social care in an ageing UK population. The simulation incorporates processes of population change which affect the demand for and supply of social care, including health status, partnership formation, fertility and mortality. Fertility and mortality rates are drawn from UK population data, then projected forward to 2050 using the methods developed by Lee and Carter 1992.

The model demonstrates that rising life expectancy combined with lower birthrates leads to growing social care costs across the population. More surprisingly, the model shows that the oft-proposed intervention of raising the retirement age has limited utility; some reductions in costs are attained initially, but these reductions taper off beyond age 70. Subsequent work has enhanced and extended this model by adding more detail to agent behaviours and familial relationships.

The version of the model provided here produces outputs in a format compatible with the GEM-SA uncertainty quantification software by Kennedy and O’Hagan. This allows sensitivity analyses to be performed using Gaussian Process Emulation.

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Release Notes

This latest release reformats simulation outputs for use with the GEM-SA uncertainty quantification software (http://www.tonyohagan.co.uk/academic/GEM/).


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.comses.net/codebases/8a567240-f644-4574-9c1d-40f2ee67add0/releases/0.9.1/