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The "Gender Pension-Gap" in the Aging Societies of East Asia (Policy Note 2017)

Thematic Issue
Women's Economic Empowerment
Year Issued
Name of Authority
World Bank

Over the years pension systems have been an essential policy tool for the economic protection of older adults across countries and regions. But in a context of widespread inequality, not everyone enjoys the same level of protection. Because women’s life courses are different from men’s, pension systems often have different outcomes for women and men. With populations aging in East Asia, the gender pension gap is affecting more and more women. This note summarizes the results of a study that examined pension policies and their gender dimensions in several countries of East Asia.