Defamilisation/familisation measures and pensions in Hong Kong and Taiwan

Wai Kam YU*, Liam Foster, Ruby Chui Man Chau, Yuk Pun Yu

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article discusses the link between familisation measures (to lower the negative consequences of participating in the family as a care-provider) and defamilisation measures (to reduce individual responsibility for providing care in the family), and pensions for women. To enhance women’s chance of having a secure retirement life, it makes two suggestions: government should provide defamilisation measures to assist women to accumulate pension income through work-based pension measures; and government should provide familisation measures extensively as an alternative to these measures. It also demonstrates how the case examples of Hong Kong and Taiwan provide support to these two suggestions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-176
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Demography
  • Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

User-Defined Keywords

  • defamilisation measures
  • Familisation measures
  • pensions
  • women


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