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Title: Age of Retirement and Human Capital in an Aging China, 2015–2050
Authors: Feng, Q 
Yeung, W.-J.J 
Wang, Z
Zeng, Y
Keywords: age
aging population
health status
human capital
twenty first century
working conditions
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Citation: Feng, Q, Yeung, W.-J.J, Wang, Z, Zeng, Y (2019). Age of Retirement and Human Capital in an Aging China, 2015–2050. European Journal of Population 35 (1) : 29-62. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: As China continues to age rapidly, whether the country should adjust the official retirement age, and if so, when and how, are currently major policy concerns. We examine the impact of postponing the retirement age on the human capital of China in the next four decades. Two critical aspects of human capital—health and education—are incorporated to account for the quality of the work force. Our projections reveal the impact of nine scenarios on the Chinese labor force in the next few decades, highlighting the changes in “the high human capital workforce”—those with good health and education. We show substantial impact with added work force ranging from 28 to 92 million per year depending on which scenarios are implemented. Furthermore, the retained workers are increasingly better educated. The gain in female workers is particularly significant, reaping the benefits of the education expansion since the 1990s. © 2018, The Author(s).
Source Title: European Journal of Population
ISSN: 01686577
DOI: 10.1007/s10680-018-9467-3
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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