Differences in Aging Across Cultures: A Global Perspective
Professor Vegard Skirbekk
December 1, 2016 · 12-1PM
Columbia University, Fayerweather Hall, Room 411
The Committee on Global Thought (CGT) Lunchtime Seminars are a forum for Columbia University faculty and visiting scholars to discuss current research characterizing and assessing issues of global importance. Open to Columbia affiliates only. No registration is required. Light lunch will be available.
About the speaker
Vegard Skirbekk is a professor at Columbia University and a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. His work is focused on understanding the links between aging and worker productivity, and is critical to countries with aging populations. Dr. Skirbekk’s research in this area, which examines the relationships of skills to work performance, demonstrates how population aging – at the macro level – is influenced by more than biological age processes. Countries with better educated populations, for example, tend to have older people with greater cognitive skill levels than countries whose populations are less well educated. Therefore, based on functional level, the U.S. and Northern Europe are effectively younger than India or China (both of which have chronologically younger age structures than Europe), stemming from factors such as differential investments in education and health.