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1 Dowell Myers USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for Our Shared Future The Literacy Summit for Monterey County October 25, 2013

2 The Social Contract is formed of The shared social understandings that support cooperation among self-interested people who possess unequal resources. Dowell Myers, USC Price -- Beth Rubin

3 The Intergenerational Partnership Source: Dowell Myers, Immigrants and Boomers Dowell Myers, USC Price

4 Demographic Assumptions are Core to Public Beliefs about Services and Taxation and Priorities for California Policy Are the Old Assumptions a Useful Guide for the Future?

5 Dowell Myers, USC Price Reversal of Outlooks 1990 Outlook Growth booming out of control Runaway immigration High fertility, too many kids Growth coming from outside foreign lands and other states 2010 and beyond Slow steady increase Diminished immigration, even during good economy Reduced fertility -- a shortage of children Growth from native Californians: homegrown

6 Four Revolutions Much Slower Population Growth Immigration Turnaround: Foreign Born Peaked or Declining Generation Transformation: Declining Number of Children A Soaring Senior Ratio Homegrown Revolution: New Importance of Investing in Children

7 Lower Future Population Growth

8 Observed and Expected Population Growth In California Each Decade from Dowell Myers, USC Price Source: US Census Bureau, CA Department of Finance, Pitkin-Myers 2012 CA Generational Projections

9 Total Population of California How Much Will Growth Resurge? Source: US Census Bureau, CA Department of Finance, Pitkin-Myers CA Generational Projections 2012

10 What Year Does California Reach 50 Million Population? Old Expectation =2032 New Outlook =2049 Source: California Department of Finance, 2007 and 2013

11 Monterey County Population Growth Also Slows In 2000, Monterey County reached 401,000 What year is it likely to reach 500,000? Old Expectation =2024 New Outlook =2036 Source: California Department of Finance, 2007 and 2013

12 Immigration Turnaround

13 Annual Immigrant Arrivals Percentage Change in Net Flow Since 1970 Source: U.S. Census 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000; American Community Survey 2006, 2010 Dowell Myers, USC Price

14 Foreign Born Share of The Population Leveling Off Source: US Census Bureau, Pitkin Myers Generational Projections for LA, CA, and US

15 Demographic Projection Content ConventionalPitkin-Myers Model Age Gender Race or Hispanic Origin Age Gender Race or Hispanic Origin Native or Foreign Born Year of Entry of Foreign Born Generation of Native Born California vs. Other Birth State Dowell Myers, USC Price

16 Reversal of Outlooks 1990 Outlook A revolution in outlook on immigration Accelerated immigration Most immigrants are recentarrivals Immigrant share soaring and assumed unlimited Diminished immigration, even during good economy Most are long-settled arrivals & older Immigrant share constant and stable for the future 2010 and Beyond

17 Generation Transformation Declining Numbers of Children Surging Numbers of Retirees What is the Political Relation?

18 Annual Births No longer on an Upswing after 1990 Monterey County California Source: California Department of Finance Dowell Myers, USC Price 1000’s

19 Growth in Age Groups in Monterey County Source: US Census Bureau, California Department of Finance, 2013 Dowell Myers, USC Price

20 Senior Ratio Soars After 4 Flat Decades Source: US Census Bureau and DOF 2013 Projections, Dowell Myers, USC Price

21 The Trigger of Many Crises Social Security & Pension Fund Crisis Medicare/Health Insurance Crisis Workforce Replacement Crisis Taxpayer Replacement Crisis Deficit Crisis The Home Seller Crisis Dowell Myers, USC Price

22 Some say there is a conflict of Old vs. Young But others show a Partnership with mutual benefits

23 Working together to solve our biggest problems

24 Reduced growth in GDP Delayed retirement by seniors Reduced or delayed senior benefits Higher taxes on young and old Young adults in supreme demand Greater reliance on immigrant workers Rediscovery of neglected minority youth Likely Responses to Rising Senior Ratio Dowell Myers, USC Price

25 No Youth Can be Neglected No drop outs are acceptable College financial aid for all who need it Universal pre-school and early childhood literacy This is not just a nice thing to do: The seniors need this to happen Dowell Myers, USC Price

26 1990 Outlook High fertility Too many children A growing tax burden Very few elderly 2010 and beyond Reduced fertility, even during good economy A shortage of children; Not enough taxpayers and workers for the future Baby Boomer tsunamicreates soaring senior ratio A revolution in outlook on the generations Dowell Myers, USC Price Reversal of Outlooks

27 The Homegrown Revolution in California

28 Source: Author’s analysis of U.S. Census and American Community Survey data Rise of a Homegrown Majority

29 Monterey County New Homegrown Majority 2000=49.6% 2006=51.0% 2012=52.8% Source: Census Bureau, 2000, 2006, 2012

30 Birthplace of Young Compared to Old CA Residents By Age and Birthplace, 2030 Source: Pitkin-Myers 2012 CA Generational Projections

31 Senior Ratio Soars After 4 Flat Decades Source: US Census Bureau and DOF 2013 Projections, Dowell Myers, USC Price

32 Children’s Index of Critical Importance (iCi) Assigned at birth, the iCi is based on the increase in the senior ratio expected at the time the child reaches age 25 (number of seniors per 100 working age). With growth in seniors, today’s children assume critical importance because of the added economic and social weight to be carried by the children when grown. A child born in 2010 in California is fully twice as important (index of 2.02) as a child who was born in 1985 (index of 1.00). Dowell Myers, USC Price

33 Surging Importance of Children Source: Dowell Myers analysis of US Census and DOF 2013 California projections Dowell Myers, USC Price

34 1990 Outlook Growth coming from outside: immigrants and from inter-state Growth is excess, too costly and unwanted Neglect and under-investment in skill development of children 2010 and beyond Growth from native Californians: We are now reliant on our homegrown Too little growth to meet the needs of the economy and generational support Children require nurturing for maximum productivity and future prosperity of the state A revolution in outlook on the homegrown Dowell Myers, USC Price Reversal of Outlooks

35 Old Folks Need the Young to Make It Dowell Myers, “Housing market links older whites, young Latinos,” Sacramento Bee, July 31, 2011 Dowell Myers, USC Price © Tim Brinton, 2011

36 The Intergenerational Partnership Source: Dowell Myers, Immigrants and Boomers Dowell Myers, USC Price

37 Publications Referenced in this Presentation Myers, Dowell, “California Futures: New Narratives for a Changing Society,” Boom: A Journal of California, July Pitkin, John and Dowel Myers, “Generational Projections of the California Population: By Nativity and Year of Immigrant Arrival,” USC Population Dynamics Research Group, April Myers, Dowell, “California's Diminishing Resource: Children,” Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, January Myers, Dowell, Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, NOTE: most publications are available at Google: USC PopDynamics

38 Conclusions What is the most surprising finding about the new generational future of California? Is it the leveling off of the foreign born? Is it the new majority of the homegrown? Could it be the explosion of seniors? Or is it the scarcity of children and their doubled importance? Maybe it’s the realization that the generations might really be connected after all Dowell Myers, USC Price

39 Thank you More Information on Generational projections California futures Visit USC PopDynamics Dowell Myers, USC Price


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