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Aging Asia: The Economic and Social Implications of Rapid Demographic Change in China, Japan, and South Korea

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Shorenstein APARC, distributed by the Brookings Institution Press, page(s): 360


In the past fifty years, two factors have led to global population aging: a decline in fertility to levels close to—or even below—replacement and a decline in mortality that has increased world average life expectancy by nearly 67 percent. As the population skews toward fewer young people and more elderly who live longer postretirement lives, demographic changes—labor force participation, savings, economic growth, living arrangements, marriage markets, and social policy—are transforming society in fundamental, irreversible ways.

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