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Aging in Asia: Trends, Impacts and Responses

Publication | February 2009
Aging in Asia: Trends, Impacts and Responses

This paper analyzes the impact that aging is having in Asia, examines the policy options for dealing with the problems it is causing, and outlines how different subregions may require different responses.

Within the next few decades, Asia is poised to become the oldest region in the world. A rapidly aging population can have adverse effects on economic performance and prospects through a decrease in the labor force, lower saving and investment rates, and spiraling pension and health care costs. This paper examines the impact of aging on the region and discuss policy options to deal with its challenges. To prevent an "aging crisis" in Asia, policymakers need to start refashioning their institutions and policies to influence behavior, and they need to do so quickly.


  • Introduction
  • The Graying of Asia
  • Aging and its Afflictions: Impacts on the Domestic Economy
  • Aging in Developing Countries: Going Over the Hill Before Getting to the Top?
  • Aging Apart, Together: Regional Interactions
  • Aging Gracefully: Policy Options for Asia