Peter Goliaš, Eugen Jurzyca, Peter Klátik, Matej Tunega

Organisation and country:

Institute for Economic and Social Reforms, Slovakia


The idea is a reaction to concerns about growing public debt in Slovakia. Mainly due to demographic changes, Slovakia’s public debt is expected to rise without any change in policies and without accounting for the negative effects of an unsustainable debt mounting to 269% of GDP by 2063. The potential public finance crisis may threaten democracy, reverse the integration process, strengthen extremists and deepen poverty.

Politicians are many times reluctant to adopt good but unpopular measures to curb the debt. To change this, it is crucial that the public understands these threats, supports right measures and responsible politicians, not populists. It is particularly important to get this message to the young generation that will actually bear the biggest burden of accumulated debt.

The game shows the necessity as well as the alternatives for the reduction of public debt in Slovakia. The player in a simulated economy, over next 50 years, can choose quarter-after-quarter one from a pre-defined set of measures and see their impact on public debt, and political popularity of the government. The simulation of public debt is based on official Ageing Working Group (AWG) forecasts for the next 50 years for Slovakia. The game goal is to reduce the public debt to sustainable levels.

We have chosen a fun way - a computer game - to attract the public and especially the young generation. It is possible to use the game for entertainment as well as in the education at schools.

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