Population aging policies in East Asia and the United States

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Science  01 Feb 1991:
Vol. 251, Issue 4993, pp. 527-531
DOI: 10.1126/science.1990428


As a result of successful efforts to reduce fertility and mortality, East Asian populations are beginning to age, in some cases rapidly. Policies in response to population aging range from attempts in Singapore to reverse it by encouraging more births to efforts in Japan to accommodate it by increasing employment opportunities for older workers. The population of the United States, which had a longer postwar baby boom, is aging more slowly than these two countries and may be able to learn from the East Asian experience with aging policies.

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