Productive engagement and ageing in productivist welfare regimes: questing for an age-friendly city in Hong Kong

Zhuoyi WEN, Ka Ho MOK, Padmore Adusei AMOAH*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The population aged 65 years and above in Hong Kong is projected to rise from 15 per cent in 2014 to 38.4 per cent in 2069. Therefore, the quest for creating age-friendly conditions and the promotion of active ageing has become a priority for the Hong Kong Government and stakeholders in the city. Using a cross-national comparative framework for productive engagement in later life, this article examines the predictors of productive engagement (perceived voluntary engagement) in two districts (the Islands and Tsuen Wan) of Hong Kong – a typical productivist welfare regime in Asia. Data were collected through a social survey to ascertain the perception of an age-friendly city and active ageing in 2016 and 2018 from 1,638 persons aged 60 years and older. The results indicate some differences in the perception of the key determinants in both districts, but the factors associated with productive engagement were consistent, namely social atmosphere, social provisions and the built environment. The findings are discussed within the broader discourse on social gerontology, age-friendly cities and productivist welfare regimes.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalAgeing and Society
Early online date14 Apr 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Apr 2021

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (Phase I: 2015-0080-003; Phase II: 2017-0032-003). However, the funder did not have any role in preparing this manuscript and the decision to publish.

The Sub-Committee on Research Ethics of the Research Committee of Lingnan University approved the study protocol (EC-050/1617). Further details about the sampling procedure and the broader study are reported elsewhere (Chui et al., 2019; Au et al., 2020; Amoah et al., 2019).

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press.


  • productive ageing
  • productivist welfare regime
  • productive engagement
  • age-friendly city
  • Hong Kong
  • sustainable development


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