Remeasuring ageing in Southeast Asia

Gietel-Basten, S., Scherbov, S. ORCID:, & Sanderson, W. (2015). Remeasuring ageing in Southeast Asia. Asian Population Studies 11 (2) 191-210. 10.1080/17441730.2015.1052201.

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It is a commonly held view that Southeast Asian societies are ageing rapidly. This has led to a high evel of policy concern about the future capacity of states to cope with increased levels of 'old-age dependency' which, at first glance, often appear almost unmanageable. We suggest that the rates employed to demonstrate the present/future scale of 'old-age dependency' are msleading and based upon a Eurocentric notion from a bygone era. Arguing that these measurements both omit changes in life expctancy and fundamentally misconceptualise 'old' and 'dependent', we present a new series of comparative measurements based upon a dynamic view of remaining life expectancy and a more accurate concept of what it means to be 'dependent'. These measuements simultaneously provide a more realistic and optimistic view of the future challenges of ageing in Southeast Asia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ageing, Southeast Asia, old-age dependency ratio, prospective ageing, longevity
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Bibliographic Reference: Asian Population Studies; 11(2):191-210 (August 2015)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:53
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:25

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