Age-structural transition in Indonesia: the problem of macro- and micro-linkages

Kreager, Philip and Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (1970) Age-structural transition in Indonesia: the problem of macro- and micro-linkages. In, International Conference on Population and Development in Asia: Critical Issues for a Sustainable Future, Phuket, Thailand, 20 - 22 Mar 2006.


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Because age structures evolve gradually and unevenly, population ageing may have varying
implications for different age groups. Relative cohort size may oscillate over time, for example,
where larger or smaller birth cohorts create an age-structural ‘echo’ as they pass through their
own childbearing years. Older generations that experienced moderate levels of childbearing may
then be “squeezed” in later life when they turn out to have relatively fewer children on whom
they may rely. Marked improvements in longevity over age 60 may compound this problem by
increasing the number of generations that certain younger cohorts need to assist. Clearly,
relationships between several younger and older cohorts need to be considered. This paper
reviews the fragmentary demographic evidence available on cohort oscillations in 20th-century
Indonesia, raising the question of how we can assess whether squeezes implied by relatively
small past cohorts are now shaping people’s lives. The current capacity of ageing research to
answer this question is considered in terms of two approaches: analysis of intergenerational
transfers based on household surveys; and combined methodologies that build surveys into
ethnographic and life course research

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences
ePrint ID: 45330
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 January 1970UNSPECIFIED
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:19

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