Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Call for Papers on the Economic Impacts of Demographic Transition: Cases of Asia and Europe


Economic Impacts of Demographic Transition: Cases of Asia and Europe
Asian Development Bank Institute and Fulbright University
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) invites submissions of original unpublished papers on the economic impacts of demographic transition in Asia and Europe for presenting at a workshop at Fulbright University in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.

Many countries in Asia and Europe, especially those with more developed economies, have already become aged or aging societies. Many developing countries in these regions are experiencing rapid shifts in their relative numbers of children, working-age populations, and elderly. Moreover, several developing or less developed economies in Asia still enjoy the benefits of a younger population.

Papers presented at the workshop are expected to provide thematic and case studies for these demographic stages—aged, aging, and young societies—and highlight policies that could alleviate related socio-economic challenges such as labor shortages, potential productivity decline, fiscal problems, increasing welfare costs, urban migration, and foreign migration.

The aim is to promote the exchange of experiences and knowhow to prepare Asian and European countries for demographic change while maintaining their economic competitiveness, boosting growth, and strengthening social security systems.

Paper topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The impacts of demographic transition on the demand and supply sides of an economy?
  • Ways to cope with social security costs and government fiscal burden in an aging economy
  • Economic policies to cope with a shrinking labor force and potential productivity decline in an aging society
  • Role of security and welfare systems in easing the negative impacts of an aging society
  • The role of social welfare systems and market-based welfare systems in mitigating demographic transition challenges
  • Successful Asian and European employment policies and retirement age increases
  • Youth policies and services in young societies; coping with youth unemployment; and youth, housing, and social policy
  • The importance of millennials in driving economic growth
  • Opportunities and challenges related to new foreign migrant worker trends

Submission Procedure

Authors should submit their extended abstract in English via this link by 20 June 2020. The deadline is not extendable. The abstract should be about 1,000 words, including the title, name of author(s), affiliation(s), research background, motivation, methodology, and expected policy implications. Successful applicants will be notified by 5 July 2020.

Selected applicants should submit their full paper using the above email address by 30 August 2020. The paper should adhere to the author submission guidelines of ADBI. The paper should also be 8,000-10,000 words in length, including references, and have the following structure:

  • Chapter title
  • Author information (including co-authors): name, affiliation, address, and e-mail
  • Abstract (150-250 words)
  • Keywords or keyword phrases (4-8)
  • JEL classification code(s)
  • Introduction
  • Main text (split into various sections with headings and subheading)
  • Conclusion and policy recommendations
  • References (up to 50)
  • Index terms (1-2 per manuscript page, highlighted in green)

Authors of selected papers will be invited to the paper development workshop at Fulbright University in Ho Chi Minh City on 27-28 August 2020. ADBI will provide travel support to one author per paper who must be a citizen of an ADB member country.

Selected papers will also be considered for publication as ADBI policy briefs or in an ADBI book.


Inquiries may be directed to Pitchaya Sirivunnabood and Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary.

Project Organizing Committee

  • Chul Ju Kim, Deputy Dean, ADBI
  • Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, Associate Professor, Tokai University
  • Sang Chul Park, Professor, Korea Polytechnic University
  • Pitchaya Sirivunnabood, Capacity Building and Training Economist, ADBI
  • Thai-Ha Le, Senior faculty member, Fulbright University, Viet Nam