Olivia Marlin Presents Research at Symposium

Study looks at economic issues surrounding declining population trends in Japan.  


Olivia Marlin ’09 presented, “Population Decline in Japan: Problems and Possibilities” at the Symposium for Artists & Scholars on April 18, 2009 at Randolph College.

Marlin conducted the research project with her faculty mentor, Elizabeth Perry-Sizemore, associate professor of economics, while an undergraduate student at Randolph College.

An abstract of Marlin’s project follows...

Developed countries around the world are struggling with declining birth rates, but nowhere is this trend as serious as in Japan, where the population began to decrease in 2005. The Japanese government has tried to implement social programs to promote childbearing in hopes of avoiding the problems associated with an aging population. The diminishing ratio of working-age people to elderly population increases the tax burden on the workers. My paper examines trends in population and labor force to see if a shift in female labor force participation from part-time employment, which is untaxed, to fulltime employment could increase the tax base and prevent a crippling tax burden without increasing birth rates.

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