The Changing Workforce Demographics in Asia Pacific

Paul T. Van Katwyk

in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Aging

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195385052
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Changing Workforce Demographics in Asia Pacific

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There is arguably more diversity across Asia Pacific in terms of patterns of aging populations than any other region. Some countries, like Japan, are at the vanguard of wrestling with the challenges of an aging population, while others, like Cambodia, will experience similar types of problems but several decades later. This chapter examines the aging workforce trends with a focus on a handful of countries that provide a lens for exploring the diversity in challenges and opportunities that exist across the Asia Pacific region. There is a paucity of available information about how different Asian nations are affected by and can address the potential impact of an aging workforce. Yet, by considering historical, political, legal, and cultural influences as well as existing research, the potential implications of an aging workforce on the business practices and human resource policies and procedures for different Asian countries are explored and outlined for consideration by both the professional and academic reader.

Keywords: aging workforce; Asia Pacific; workforce trends; human resource practices; China; Japan; Thailand; Singapore; Australia

Article.  13625 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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