Japan-Singapore Academic Forum & Policy Roundtable
Centre for Research on the Economics of Ageing (CREA) hosted a Japan-Singapore Academic Forum and Policy Roundtable on the 29th and 30th of August 2018 to discuss various health and labor-related findings from the two nations. The two-day event was attended by a diverse range of government agencies, public healthcare clusters, and academics. This collaboration between CREA at SMU and HIAS Health (Research Center for Health Policy and Economics at the Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study) was the first Singapore-Japan collaboration of its kind and resulted in a highly insightful program that shed important policy implications for both nations.
The academic forum on the 29th included 10 academic presentations using data from either the Singapore Life Panel (SLP) or the Japanese Study of Ageing and Retirement (JSTAR), two comparable panel-survey data sets rich in information on the income, consumption and expenditure of the elderly from Singapore and Japan respectively. The event kicked off with welcome remarks from Singapore Management University’s President Arnoud De Meyer and Hitotsubashi University’s Executive Vice President and Dean of the Centre for International Joint Research, Satoshi Nakano. Over the course of the day, a wide range of relevant topics were discussed, ranging from effect of unemployment shocks to the health capacity of older workers. The discourse between the audience and the academics led to a very meaningful conversation, and presented the researchers with new issues to explore further.
The health and labor policy roundtable took place the next day, consisting of 4 presenters from CREA and HIAS, who shared policy implications with regards to long term care, savings regret, public pension and work expectations.
Having established such a successful collaboration platform, CREA and HIAS will build joint research programmes and reconvene in Tokyo next year.
Please find the event programmes here.