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.


Economic activity in post retirement life in India

The article analyses trends in work participation and working life expectancy in post retirement life of persons aged 60 plus by primary, secondary and tertiary sectors to examine a correlation between longevity and post retirement economic activity in India. It was found that in India the average length of working life at 60 plus is 9.8 years for males and 3.9 years for females. Though the life expectancy at 60 plus for males had increased by 2.9 years over the period 1971-2001, working life expectancy for males had decreased marginally by 0.1 years during the same reference period. On the other hand, with a 4.2 year gain in longevity at age 60 plus among females during 1971-2001, their working life expectancy increased by 2.4 years during the same reference period. Work participation has shifted from the primary to the formal sector, which indicates an increase in productive activity in the post retirement period.


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