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    Aging, work and the demographic dividend in South Asia

    Vera-Sanso, Penny (2013) Aging, work and the demographic dividend in South Asia. In: Field, J. and Burke, R.J. and Cooper, C.L. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Aging, Work and Society. London, UK: Sage, pp. 170-185. ISBN 9781446207826.

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    Much current interest in South Asia's population structure focuses on 'the working generation' (aged 15-60) and particularly on the 'youth' who could potentially deliver a 'demographic dividend', thereby solving the conundrum of population ageing in developing economies. In contrast to this idea and the related one underlying a wide range of development strategies, that reductions of poverty at younger ages will have a meaningful impact on poverty in old age, this paper will demonstrate, first, that older people’s paid and unpaid work is needed to realise the demographic dividend, second, that older people already play an important role in reducing family poverty and sustaining national economies and, third, that only age-specific policies can address poverty in old age.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Ageing, work, demographic dividend, labour market, South Asia, poverty, informal work, informal economy
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Penny Vera-Sanso
    Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2014 10:58
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:11


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