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Demographic Challenges for Human Resource Management Practices and Labour Market Policies in Japan and Germany — an Overview

Harald Conrad, Viktoria Heindorf and Franz Waldenberger

Chapter 1 in Human Resource Management in Ageing Societies, 2008, pp 1-12 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract In recent years, the rapid ageing of the Japanese and German populations has begun to catch the attention of both policymakers and company executives. In Japan, according to the official medium projections, the ratio of the population aged 65 and over is expected to rise from 21.7% in 2008 to 28.7% in 2025, and then to 35.7% in 2050 (NIPSSR 2002). In Germany, the ratio of those aged 65 and older is expected to rise from 19% (2005) to 30% in 2030, and then to 36% in 2050 (Statistisches Bundesamt 2006). Both countries will experience a marked decline in their populations coupled with an increase in the average age of their working populations. For example, predictions for Germany show that in 2020 almost 40% of the working population will be over 50 years old (Staudinger and Kühler 2006).

Keywords: Human Resource Management; Ageing Society; Public Pension; Labour Market Policy; Human Resource Management Practice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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DOI: 10.1057/9780230582750_1

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