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Will population change sustain the 'Asian economic miracle'?

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Title: Will population change sustain the 'Asian economic miracle'?
Authors: Mason, Andrew
LC Subject Headings: East Asia - Economic conditions
East Asia - Population - Economic aspects
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Series/Report no.: AsiaPacific issues ; no. 33
Abstract: For more than three decades the economic performance of eight East Asian economies has been the envy of the world. Though some of these "miracle economies" are now experiencing currency devaluations, stock market retrenchment, and slower growth, it would be premature to proclaim the end of the Asian economic miracle. A new analysis of these economies' growth shows that one of the key causes of success favorable demographics will persist for another two decades or more. Asian populations which were once dominated by children are now bulging with working-age adults. Their efforts have generated higher earnings, their tax dollars have funded enviable education systems, and their savings have financed spectacular rates of investment and economic growth. The favorable change in Asian populations is the result of an unusually rapid transition from high to low birth and death rates. The resulting population changes have created an unprecedented opportunity for economic growth. If governments continue to implement innovative and effective economic policies, another quarter-century of economic growth is well within the reach of most East Asian economies.
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Pages/Duration: 8 pages
ISSN: 1522-0960
Appears in Collections:AsiaPacific Issues

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