Population aging is perhaps the single biggest economic and social obstacle confronting Asia's future. The region-wide demographic transition towards an older population is fundamentally reshaping the demographic landscape, and is giving rise to two key socio-economic challenges. This timely book provides an in-depth analysis of these challenges and presents concrete policy options for tackling them. First, the expert contributors argue, Asia must find ways to sustain rapid economic growth in the face of less favorable demographics, which implies slower growth of the workforce. Second, they contend, Asia must find ways to deliver affordable, adequate and sustainable old-age economic security for its growing elderly population. Underpinned by rigorous analysis, a wide range of concrete policy options for sustaining economic growth while delivering economic security for the elderly are then presented. These include Asia-wide policy options - relevant to the entire region - such as building up strong national pension systems, whilst other policy options are more relevant to sub-groups of countries.
This stimulating and informative book will be of great interest to academics, students and researchers with an interest in Asian studies, economics generally, and more specifically, public sector economics.
Contents: Foreword Changyong Rhee 1. Overview: Why does Population Aging Matter so Much for Asia? Population Aging, Economic Growth, and Economic Security in Asia Sang-Hyop Lee, Andrew Mason and Donghyun Park 2. Population, Wealth, and Economic Growth in Asia and the Pacific Andrew Mason and Sang-Hyop Lee 3. Impact of Population Aging on Asia's Future Growth Donghyun Park and Kwanho Shin 4. Population Aging and Aggregate Consumption in Developing Asia Gemma Estrada, Donghyun Park and Arief Ramayandi 5. The Economic Lifecycle and Support Systems in Asia Sang-Hyop Lee and Andrew Mason 6. Demographic Change, Intergenerational Transfers, and the Challenges for Social Protection Systems in the People's Republic of China Qiulin Chen, Karen Eggleston and Ling Li 7. Demographic Dividends for India: Evidence and Implications Based on National Transfer Accounts Laishram Ladusingh and M.R. Narayana 8. Population Aging, Economic Growth, and Intergenerational Transfers in Japan: How Dire are the Prospects? Naohiro Ogawa, Sang-Hyop Lee, Rikiya Matsukura, An-Chi Tung and Mun Sim Lai 9. Summary of Key Findings and Main Policy Recommendations Donghyun Park Index
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