April 6: Seminar by Wei-Jun Jean Yeung on Age of Retirement & Human Capital in China

The Columbia Aging Center is delighted to have visiting scholar Wei-Jun Jean Yeung in residence. Jean holds the Provost's Chair Professorship in the National University of Singapore’s Department of Sociology. She is also director of the NUS Centre for Family and Population Research. Her brown bag talk is entitled “Age of Retirement and Human Capital in an Aging China, 2015-2050.”  It will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 12:30-2 pm, in ARB 416.

Here’s a brief description: As China's aging population continues to increase rapidly, whether the country should adjust the official retirement age, and if so, when and how, are currently major public policy concerns. This study examines the impacts of postponing the retirement age on the human capital of China in the next four decades. Based on an extensive review of various policy proposals of retirement age adjustment, the study projects how the size, stock, and quality of the Chinese working-age population will change from 2015 to 2050 under nine policy schemes. Through the projections, the study reveals the impact of various scenarios on the Chinese labor force in the next few decades, highlighting the changes in the “productive workforce” -- the working-age population with good health and education.