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My research focuses on the roles of the intersection of population aging around the world and economic globalization in creating and reproducing risks in later life and inequalities between older people in different regions of the world. My research specifically examines employment and retirement in later life, age-discrimination in the labor market, pension privatization, and elderly care (e.g., global care drain). To date, along with the U.S. and the U.K., my research has focused on these issue mainly East Asia, particularly in Japan, Korea, and China.


Higo, M., Klassen, T. R. & Dirathiti, N. S. (2016, forthcoming). The Routledge Handbook on Aging and Old-Age in Asia-Pacific. New York: Routledge.

Higo, M. (2016, forthcoming). Global Ageing and Its Challenges. In T. R. Klassen, Cepiku & T. J. Lah (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Global Public Policy and Administration. New York: Routledge.

Higo, M. & Klassen, T.R. (2015). Retirement in Japan and South Korea: The Past, Present, and Future of Mandatory Retirement. New York: Routledge.

Higo, M. & Khan, H. T. A, (2015). ‘Global Population Aging: Unequal Distribution of Risks in Later Life between Developed and Developing Countries,’ Global Social Policy, 15(2): 146—166.

Higo, M. (2013). ‘Older Worker Labor Force Participation: Comparing the National Contexts of Japan and the United States,’ Journal of Population Ageing. 6(4): 305—322.

Higo, M. & Williamson, J. B. (2011). Global Aging. In R. A. Settersten & J. L. Angel (Eds.), Handbook of Sociology of Aging (pp. 91-112), New York: Springer.


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