Demographics, Labor Mobility, and Productivity

65 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2012

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Edgar J. Wilson

University of Wollongong - School of Accounting, Economics & Finance

Kankesu Jayanthakumaran

University of Wollongong - Department of Economics

Reetu Verma

University of Wollongong - Department of Economics

Date Written: October 11, 2012

Abstract

This paper considers two major issues that need to be treated as matters of urgency. First, internal (within country) migrations in the Asian (ACI) region are mostly undocumented and large. Second, the emerging demographic imbalances in the form of aging, which will give dependency ratios that have never been experienced in all of recorded human existence. Whilst it is possible to share the burdens of ageing and dependency through migration, this will not happen under present arrangements. Increasing the mobility of humans is the best way to not only promote economic efficiency, but to provide freedom and significant improvements in their wellbeing and quality of life.

Keywords: demographics, labor mobility, migration, Asia, demographic imbalances, aging, productivity

JEL Classification: F22, J31, J61, O15

Suggested Citation

Wilson, Edgar J. and Jayanthakumaran, Kankesu and Verma, Reetu, Demographics, Labor Mobility, and Productivity (October 11, 2012). ADBI Working Paper 387, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2160626 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2160626

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Kankesu Jayanthakumaran

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Reetu Verma

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