Employer policy and practice toward older workers in Hong Kong: the role of shifting intergenerational dynamics

Valerie Egdell, Vanesa Fuertes, Nathalia C. Tjandra, Tao Chen

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Many governments are seeking to encourage the extension of working lives to counteract potential labor market shortages that might result from population aging. Nevertheless, research shows that older workers continue to face a range of barriers to their labor market participation. However, this research has not tended to take a holistic view of the factors shaping employer policy and practice, or acknowledge that older workers’ experiences are embedded within broader social structures and age dynamics. This paper reports on exploratory qualitative research undertaken in Hong Kong. It demonstrates how employer policy and practice towards older workers are shaped by intergenerational dynamics and by the social responsibility that employers feel towards different generations. It is argued that in order to more fully understand employer policy and practice towards older workers, an approach that acknowledges the social context and position of different age groups is required.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-466
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Aging & Social Policy
Issue number5
Early online date5 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2019



  • Older workers
  • Employer policy and practice
  • Intergenerational dynamic
  • Hong Kong

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