Women and retirement planning : towards the "feminization of poverty" in an aging Hong Kong

Keng Mun, William LEE

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Hong Kong's population is aging but retirement research is largely missing from the research agenda in Hong Kong. This study, based on a telephone survey of 1,078 respondents, examines middle-aged adult's retirement planning activities in Hong Kong. The findings show men are more likely to be involved in financial planning, while women are more likely to take part in some forms of health, living arrangement and psychological planning for retirement. Further, there are age, education and income differences in the various forms of retirement planning activities within genders. Women are living longer; because of their lack of financial retirement planning, they are prime candidates for poverty. The discussion concludes with policy implications related to assisting midlife individuals, in particular women, in planning for retirement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-53
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003


  • Chinese society
  • Hong Kong
  • Retirement planning
  • Women


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