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The population of Asia is growing both larger and older. Demographically the most important continent on the world, Asia's population, currently estimated to be 4.2 billion, is expected to increase to about 5.9 billion by 2050. Rapid declines in fertility, together with rising life expectancy, are altering the age structure of the population so that in 2050, for the first time in history, there will be roughly as many people in Asia over the age of 65 as under the age of 15.

It is against this backdrop that the Division of Behavioral and Social Research at the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA) asked the National Research Council (NRC), through the Committee on Population, to undertake a project on advancing behavioral and social research on aging in Asia.

Aging in Asia: Findings from New and Emerging Data Initiatives is a peer-reviewed collection of papers from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Thailand that were presented at two conferences organized in conjunction with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy, Indonesian Academy of Sciences, and Science Council of Japan; the first conference was hosted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, and the second conference was hosted by the Indian National Science Academy in New Delhi. The papers in the volume highlight the contributions from new and emerging data initiatives in the region and cover subject areas such as economic growth, labor markets, and consumption; family roles and responsibilities; and labor markets and consumption.

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National Research Council. 2012. Aging in Asia: Findings from New and Emerging Data Initiatives. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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486 pages |  6 x 9 | 

  • Paperback:  978-0-309-25406-9
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Front Matter i-xviii
1 Introduction and Overview--James P. Smith and Malay Majmundar 1-14
2 Preparing for Population Aging in Asia: Strengthening the Infrastructure for Science and Policy--James P. Smith 17-35
3 Longitudinal Aging Study in India: Vision, Design, Implementation, and Preliminary Findings--P. Arokiasamy, David Bloom, Jinkook Lee, Kevin Feeney, and Marija Ozolins 36-74
4 Population Aging, Intergenerational Transfers, and Economic Growth: Asia in a Global Context--Ronald Lee and Andrew Mason 77-95
5 Facilitating Longer Working Lives: The Need, the Rationale, the How--David A. Wise 96-115
6 The Labor Supply and Retirement Behavior of China's Older Workers and Elderly in Comparative Perspective--John Giles, Dewen Wang, and Wei Cai 116-147
7 Relying on Whom? Poverty and Consumption Financing of China's Elderly--Albert Park, Yan Shen, John Strauss, and Yaohui Zhao 148-172
8 Retirement Process in Japan: New Evidence from the Japanese Study on Aging and Retirement (JSTAR)--Hidehiko Ichimura and Satoshi Shimizutani 173-204
9 Patterns and Correlates of Intergenerational Nontime Transfers: Evidence from CHARLS--Xiaoyan Lei, John Giles, Yuqing Hu, Albert Park, John Strauss, and Yaohui Zhao 207-228
10 Household Dynamics and Living Arrangements of the Elderly in Indonesia: Evidence from a Longitudinal Survey--Firman Witoelar 229-260
11 Social Networks, Family, and Care Giving Among Older Adults in India--Lisa F. Berkman, T.V. Sekher, Benjamin Capistrant, and Yuhui Zheng 261-278
12 Effects of Social Activities on Cognitive Functions: Evidence from CHARLS--Yuqing Hu, Xiaoyan Lei, James P. Smith, and Yaohui Zhao 279-306
13 Socioeconomic Success and Health in Later Life: Evidence from the Indonesia Family Life Survey--Firman Witoelar, John Strauss, and Bondan Sikoki 309-341
14 Healthcare and Insurance Among the Elderly in China: Evidence from the CHARLS Pilot--John Strauss, Hao Hong, Xiaoyan Lei, Lin Li, Albert Park, Li Yang, and Yaohui Zhao 342-370
15 Health of the Elderly in India: Challenges of Access and Affordability--Subhojit Dey, Devaki Nambiar, J. K. Lakshmi, Kabir Sheikh, and K. Srinath Reddy 371-386
16 Markers and Drivers: Cardiovascular Health of Middle-Aged and Older Indians--Jinkook Lee, P. Arokiasamy, Amitabh Chandra, Peifeng Hu, Jenny Liu, and Kevin Feeney 387-414
17 Aging, Health, and Chronic Conditions in China and India: Results from the Multinational Study on Global AGEing and Adult Health (SAGE)--Paul Kowal, Sharon Williams, Yong Jiang, Wu Fan, P. Arokiasamy, and Somnath Chatterji 415-437
18 Life Satisfaction of the Older Thai: Findings from the Pilot HART--Dararatt Anantanasuwong and Udomsak Seenprachawong 438-450
Biographical Sketches of Contributors 451-466
Committee on Population 467-468

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