Comparison of Population Aging in Europe and Asia Using a Time-Consistent and Comparative Aging Measure

Arun Balachandran*, Joop de Beer, K.S. James, Leo van Wissen, Fanny Janssen

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Objective: We compare population aging in Europe and Asia using a measure that is both consistent over time and appropriate for cross-country comparison. Method: Sanderson and Scherbov proposed to estimate the old-age threshold by the age at which the remaining life expectancy (RLE) equals 15 years. We propose an adjustment of this measure, taking into account cross-national differences in the exceptionality of reaching that age. Results: Our old-age threshold was lower than 65 years in 2012 in Central Asia, Southern Asia, Southeastern Asia, and many Eastern European countries. These populations also experienced a higher share of elderly compared with the RLE15 method. Our method revealed more geographical diversity in the shares of elderly. Both methods exhibited similar time trends for the old-age thresholds and the shares of elderly. Discussion: Our prospective and comparative measure reveals higher population aging estimates in most Asian and Eastern European countries and more diversity in aging.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)340-351
Aantal pagina's12
TijdschriftJournal of Aging and Health
Nummer van het tijdschrift5-6
Vroegere onlinedatum17-jan.-2019
StatusPublished - jun.-2020

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