Retirement planning and retirement satisfaction : the need for a national retirement program and policy in Hong Kong

Keng Mun, William LEE, Wing Kin, Kenneth LAW

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This study, based on a telephone survey, examines retirement planning behaviors and retirement satisfaction of 1,078 middle-aged respondents in Hong Kong. The findings show that, in general, middle-aged Hong Kong adults do little retirement planning. Retirement planning behaviors focus on a very narrow set of activities, including financial and health planning. Of the 19 planning variables, only a few were significantly related to perception of sufficiency in retirement planning and retirement satisfaction. More important, middle-aged adults in Hong Kong no longer feel that they can depend on their family for support for retirement planning or satisfaction during retirement. The lack of private and public support for retirement planning left the respondents feeling unsure as to whether they have the capability to plan sufficiently for retirement. The discussion concludes with policy implications related to assisting middle-aged individuals in planning for retirement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-233
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2004


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