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Health Labour and Family Policies in Ageing Society (CHARLS-CREA)

Event Summary

The Centre for Research on the Economics of Ageing (CREA) at Singapore Management University, in collaboration with Peking University, Beijing, held a‘Health Labor and Family Policies in Ageing Society’Forum on the 22nd of October 2018 in Beijing, China. Using data obtained from CREA’s Singapore Life Panel Survey (SLP) and the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS), presenters were able to compare and contrast critical ageing issues faced by the two nations.

The event began with welcome remarks by the CHARLS representative Yaohui Zhao, Professor of Economics, National School of Development, Peking University, followed by SMU’s representative Christine Ho, Associate Professor from the School of Economics. Over the course of the day, eight presenters from CHARLS and CREA presented on a wide range of topics such as intergenerational transfers, retirement preparedness, health care utilization and work expectation of the elderly. The findings from the two comparable panel-survey data sets lent valuable insight into the ongoing discussion on ageing in Singapore and China, dispelling previously held myths and coming up with targeted solutions for issues faced by the ageing community. The engagement with the audience helped improve the presentations by offering different angles and providing the researchers with intriguing questions to probe further into.

Events such as this help to bridge the gap of understanding between nations concerning common problems they face and help generate informed policy making.  Furthermore, this event serves as a stepping-stone for further collaborations between CREA and CHARLS.

Please find the event programme here.


Monday, 22 October 2018 - 9:00am to 5:30pm


Peking University, China