Taiwan is set to surpass Japan as Asia’s fastest aging nation this decade, experts warn, as a dwindling labor force poses a structural challenge to economic growth.
“An imminent issue Taiwan will face is population aging, it seems the aging trend is unfolding faster than forecasted,” Societe Generale economist Claire Huang said in a recent note.
Huang says the population of working-age residents, or those between 15 and 64 years of age, will shrink 7.3 percent by 2025, above the 7.2 percent contraction expected for Japan. While Taiwan’s figure seems alarming, it comes as no surprise; Huang notes that growth was barely above zero in 2014 after hovering below 1 percent for most of the past decade.
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