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Qatar Population Day 2019 - Population Policy between Reality and Hope

CFPR Founding Director Professor Jean Yeung was invited to give a keynote speech for the Qatar Population Day in Doha. The event was organized on 22nd October 2019 by Qatar Permanent Population Committee and United Nations Fund for Population(UNFPA). Her address is titled “Singapore’s Inclusive Family-oriented Population Policies and Sustainable Development Goals".

RC06 International Sociological Association meeting

Professor Charles Hirschman (University of Washington) who was the former chairperson of CFPR advisory board gave a keynote address titled "Asian Family Structure: Past, Present, and Future" at the RC06 International Sociological Association meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam last week.
Other current and past CFPR research affiliates also presented their work at this international conference attended by more than 180 participants from 25 countries.

The Second Asian Population Forum

Professor Jean Yeung and Associate Professor Feng Qiushi attended The Second Asian Population Forum in Shanghai, China during 11-12 October 2019. They presented on “Who will live alone in China? One-person Households in China, 2010 to 2050.”

They found that about 87 million people live alone today in China and by 2050, this number will increase to 125 million. This means one in five of all households will have only one person living in there. The largest solo-living subgroup will be urban young and middle-aged adults, especially those young males, who are not married and highly educated, many with a college degree. Vulnerable groups include the widowed females, the rural youth migrants, and those who are not married, do not have children and have low socioeconomic status.

Retirement and Re-employment in Singapore Conference

2nd of July 2019 saw CFPR's Co-Director, Professor Jean Yeung speak alongside Manpower Minister, Josephine Teo, Mercer CEO Peta Latimer, Prudential’s Chief Human Resource Officer Sheela Parakkal and British Chambers of Commerce Singapore President Dr Bicky Bhangu at the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore event: ‘Minister Josephine Teo on Retirement and Re-employment in Singapore’.The event was held in the Prudential Tower with CFPR Deputy Director, A/P Feng Quishi in attendance.

The panel debated on the retirement and re-employment of older workers, hot button issues which Singapore is grappling with as it looks to raise the retirement age to beyond 62 and re-employment age to beyond 67.

Mr. Lee Pak Sing, Divisional Director of Workplace Policy and Strategy Division from the Ministry of Manpower shared the rationale of Singapore government behind tripartite workgroup’s consensus to increase retirement age and re-employment age. Singapore is grappling with a stagnating working- age population, an expanding senior population and high life expectancy. This has resulted in a larger number of older adults being employed. Thus, it is important for government, corporates and communities to work together on adapting to these changes. Therefore, MOM will be introducing various incentives, practices and programs that encourages the private sector to hire and improve the employability of senior workers.

Following this revelation, Professor Yeung shared research findings on the retirement age policy in China which were relevant to Singapore. To begin with, extending the retirement age will reduce the retiree/worker ratio and result in the longer retention of a more educated, healthier workforce with older female workers seeing the biggest increase. In addition, said extension allows aged individuals the opportunity to stay longer in paid employment thereby remaining socially active which could reduce social exclusion. Such engagement has been shown to provide physiological and psychological benefits to older adults.

Asia-Pacific Workshop on Developing Tools to Measure Inclusive and Active Population Ageing Workshop

CFPR's Deputy Director Associate Professor Bussarawan Teerawichitchainan was invited to share her expertise on measuring productive aging in Southeast Asia at the Asia-Pacific workshop on developing tools to measure inclusive and active population aging. The workshop is co-organized in Bangkok, Thailand during 27-28 June, 2019 by the United Nations ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) and HelpAge International.

The workshop was attended by government officials and national professionals (demographers, economists, and statisticians) involved in policy monitoring related to population aging.

How do we get Singaporeans ready for 100? PruImpact Panel Discussion

CFPR's Co-Director Professor Jean Yeung spoke at the panel discussion:"Productive Aging and Long-term Care: How do we get Singaporeans ready for 100?". Accompanying her was Mr. Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Wilfred Blackburn, Prudential Singapore CEO and Ms. Peh Kim Choo, Tsao Foundation CEO. The discussion was held in conjuction with PruImpact Week, 14th to 17th May 2019.

The main talking points were preventive health, healthcare sustainability and the creation of volunteer networks for the aged via public-private partnerships. Reduced social isolation amongst the aged was also mentioned.

International Conference on Household and Living Arrangement Projections for Informed Decision-Making

Associate Professor Feng Qiushi attended the International Conference on Household and Living Arrangement Projections for Informed Decision-Making in Beijing, China from the 9 to 11th of May 2019.

This conference was sponsored by Department of Management Science of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and UNFPA China Office, and jointly organized by China Population and Development Research Center, (CPDRC) Center for Healthy Aging and Development Study and Raissun Institute for Advanced Studies at National School of Development, Peking University, Centre for Family and Population Research (CFPR) at National University of Singapore, and Center for Households and Consumption Forecasting of Digital China Health.

The conference’s main aim was to promote the methodological advancement and application of projecting household and living arrangement and to establish an international network for collaborative research. On CFPR’s behalf, Associate Professor Feng Qiushi gave one of the opening remarks highlighting the importance of household projections in Asia and made a presentation on the future trends of Chinese solo-living household and its implications on sustainable development.

Trends, Challenges, and Research on Elderly Care in Asia. 60th Anniversary meeting, Taiwan Population Association.

The 60th Aniversary was held in Taiwan from 19-20th April 2019. CFPR Co-Director Professor Jean Yeung attended this Anniversary and delivered a keynote speech on how the experiences in ageing in Asian countries differ from the West in socioeconomic, cultural and policy contexts. She discussed challenges and policy innovations in Asia focusing on long-term care (LTC) needs and provision and touched on "productive ageing" literature amongst other things.

Hong Kong Baptist University Talk: Pay offs to Gender and Ethnic Social Capital in the Singaporean Meritocracy

Associate Professor Vincent Chua presented his recent research on how labor markets contexts in Singapore influence the payoffs of workers from different groups on 29th of March 2019.

This study identifies two gaps in the literature on social capital: First, the over-emphasis on class-based measures overshadows other equally important forms of stratification, for example, gender and ethnicity. Second, we underscore the ever-increasing need for contextualization-by studying how variations in labor markets characteristics have produced unequal social capital payoffs for different groups of workers.

Analyzing a representative dataset of Singaporeans-based on N=3,000 collected in 2016-our findings show that ties to university graduates who are Chinese, Indians or Others are associated with greater payoffs than ties to university graduates who are Malays. Moreover, these payoffs to ethnic social capitals are observed only in the private sector-not in the public sector-suggesting that meritocratic characteristics (most clearly seen in the public sector) have suppressed the role and value of social capital.

Demography and Population Ageing in Singapore

Professor Jean Yeung presented at the South-South Conference on Demography and Population Ageing held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in December 2018.

Asian Population Association and the International Sociological Association Committee on Family Research (RC06)

Professor Jean Yeung has been elected as a council member for the Asian Population Association and the International Sociological Association, Committee on Family Research (RC06).

Poverty and Pre-School Children's Cognitive Development

CFPR's Research Scholar Chen Xuejiao presented her paper entitled, "Poverty and Pre-School Children's Cognitive Development" at the 5th International Conference on Poverty and Sustainable Development (ICPSD 2018) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was selected as the "Best Student Presentation" and the "Session's Best Presentation."

Global Challenges in Youth Transition to Adulthood

Professor Jean Yeung presented at an Expert Group Meeting on "The Role of Families and Family Policy in Supporting Youth Transitions" in Doha in December 2018. The Expert Group meeting was organized by the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), a member of Qatar Foundation in Education, in collaboration with the Division for Inclusive Social Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD).



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