Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


Aging in China: Demographic alternatives

As a consequence of their rapid fertility declines and pronounced mortality improvements in recent years, many of the developing countries in Asia have become increasingly aware of a number of serious aging problems (Ogawa, 1988a). More importantly, primarily because the demographic transition in these Asian countries has been substantially shorter than in the developed countries (Leete, 1987) the process of population aging in the former has been and will be considerably faster than that observed in the latter. China provides a salient example of fast population aging among the developing countries in Asia.


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