Economic and social implications of rapid demographic change in China, Japan, and Korea


On February 26, 2009, the Asia Health Policy Program and the Stanford Center on Longevity co-sponsored a conference entitled Aging Asia: Economic and Social Implications of Rapid Demographic Change in China, Japan, and Korea. Held at the Bechtel Conference Center at Stanford University, the conference brought together scholars from China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the US with expertise in demography, economics, biology, political science, medicine, health services research, social policy, and psychology.

Topics of discussion included how demography shapes individual, social and economic transitions in China, Japan and Korea; intergenerational transfers and the impact of population aging on economic growth; the challenges to financing health care, long term care, and pensions in China, Japan and Korea; the chronic disease burden and comparative international experience with chronic disease management; and perspectives from Singapore on public policy for aging populations. 

A book gathering together the policy-relevant insights of the conference presenters will be forthcoming in 2010, edited by Asia Health Policy Program Director Karen Eggleston and Professor of Biology Shripad Tuljapurkar.