Essay on The Aging Population of the Last Century

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In the beginning of last century, the world population was 1.65 billion while the current population reached 7 billion in 2012 (United Nations, Web). Among this 7 billion people, 810 million are older person. According to the United Nations, person of the age 60 is considered as older person, but many developed countries categorize person of the age 65 as older person. In The Study of Population published in 1959 by Philip Hauser and Otis Dudley Duncan, “aging population” was not appeared in it. At that time, the world did not pay much attention to the aging issue as the world population was still young. But it is a big issue to the world as the number of older person exceed the number of younger person now.
The aging population has
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In the beginning of last century, the world population was 1.65 billion while the current population reached 7 billion in 2012 (United Nations, Web). Among this 7 billion people, 810 million are older person. According to the United Nations, person of the age 60 is considered as older person, but many developed countries categorize person of the age 65 as older person. In The Study of Population published in 1959 by Philip Hauser and Otis Dudley Duncan, “aging population” was not appeared in it. At that time, the world did not pay much attention to the aging issue as the world population was still young. But it is a big issue to the world as the number of older person exceed the number of younger person now.
The aging population has become a major concern all over the world. The rising life expectancy, declining birth rates and fertility control are some major factors related to the aging population and causing the rising of dependency ratio, increasing government spending on health care and pension, increasing the tax pay by current tax payers, shortage of working population and reducing capital flow in the money market. Among the problems, shortage of labor in the market is a serious concern to the government as labor is a key factor for the economic growth of a country. In order to solve the problems of the aging population, many government and scholars suggest some solutions to it. They propose to alter the immiagration policy, raising the retirement age,