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Asia’s demographic Transition

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
17:00 – 18:30
Salons, Maison de la Recherche de l’INALCO

with Ranil Manohara Salgado, Assistant Director in the International Monetary Fund’s Asia and Pacific Department (APD)
After the publication of the report “Regional Economic Outlook: Asia and Pacific”In the past decades, Asia has benefited from favorable demographic trends along with strong policies. The region has enjoyed a “demographic dividend” to growth as the number of workers grew faster than the number of dependents. But this tailwind is now about to end in many Asian economies, with important implications for growth, external balances, and financial markets in the region. Moreover, owing to rapid aging, Asia faces the risk of becoming old before becoming rich. In this light, policies aimed at protecting the vulnerable elderly and prolonging strong growth take on a particular urgency.