Diversity and convergence of population aging: evidence from China and Canada

Long Mo, Jacques Légaré

Abstract


Taking the diversity and the convergence of demographic transitions into
consideration, it is hypothesized that population aging that occurs in developed countries and developing countries will reflect diversity, but will also show some convergence. In order to test this hypothesis, the present study compares the population aging experiences of China (1971-2050) and Canada (1911-2050) and places them within the context of the demographic transition. In this paper we learn how, as population ages, these two countries will, through two distinct pathways, arrive at similar age structures by the middle of the 21st century. Both the diversity and the convergence of population aging are shown in this comparative study.

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