Discussion Papers

Why Does Population Aging Matter So Much for Asia? Population Aging, Economic Security and Economic Growth in Asia

By Sang-Hyop LEE, Andrew MASON, Donghyun PARK

ERIA Discussion Paper 2011-04

Posted: August 2011


Asia as a whole is experiencing a rapid demographic transition toward older population structures. Within this broader region-wide trend, there is considerable heterogeneity, with different countries at different stages of the demographic transition. In this paper, we document Asia's population aging, describe the region's old-age support systems, and draw out the regional socioeconomic implications of population aging and old-age support systems. Population aging gives rise to two fundamental challenges for the region - (1) developing socioeconomic systems that can provide economic security to the growing number of elderly and (2) sustaining strong growth in the face of aging over the next few decades. Successfully addressing those two challenges will be vital for ensuring Asia's continued economic success in the medium and long term.


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