Andrew Mason

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Senior Fellow, Research Program and Professor of Economics, University of Hawaii
amason [at] hawaii.edu
Phone: 
808.944.7455
Fax: 
808.944.7490
Education: 
PhD, economics, University of Michigan
Area of Expertise: 

Economic development and population change; economic consequences of aging; intergenerational transfers; and lifecycle saving and wealth.

Professor Mason is co-director of the National Transfer Accounts project involving researchers from more than 40 countries in Asia, North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific. The participating scholars are using a comprehensive approach to measure and study population age structure, consumption, labor income, and financial transfers to meet the economic needs of all age groups. National Transfer Accounts are being used to study the evolution of familial support systems, public pensions, health care, and education systems and their influence on economic growth, poverty, generational equity, and other features of the macroeconomy.

 

Selected Publications

  • Mason, Andrew, Ronald Lee, and Jennifer Xue Jiang (2016). Demographic dividends, human capital, and saving. The Journal of the Economics of Ageing. 7:106-22.

  • Lee, Ronald, Andrew Mason, and members of the NTA network (2014). Is low fertility really a problem? Population aging, dependency, and consumption. Science. 346:229-34. DOI: 10.1126/science.1250542.

  • Mason, Andrew, and Ronald Lee (2013). Labor and consumption across the lifecycle. The Journal of the Economics of Ageing. 1-2: 16-27.

  • Mason, Andrew, and Sang-Hyop Lee (2013). Youth and their changing economic roles in Asia. Asia-Pacific Population Journal. 27(1): 61-82.

  • Lee, Ronald, and Andrew Mason (2012). Population aging, intergenerational transfers, and economic growth: Asia in a global context. In Aging in Asia: Findings from new and emerging data initiatives. In J.P. Smith and M. Majmundar, eds.  Committee on Policy Research and Data Needs to Meet the Challenge of Aging in Asia. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press (http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13361).

  • Mason, Andrew, and Sang-Hyop Lee (2012). Population, wealth, and economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region. In Donghyun Park, Sang-Hyop Lee, and Andrew Mason, eds. Aging, economic growth, and old-age security in Asia. . Cheltenham, UK; and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

  • Obstfeld, M., D. Cho, and A. Mason, eds. (2012). Global economic crisis: Impacts, transmission, and recovery. Cheltenham, UK; and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

  • Mason, Andrew, and Ronald Lee (2011). Population aging and the generational economy: Key findings. In Ronald Lee and Andrew Mason, lead authors and editors. Population aging and the generational economy: A global perspective. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, pp. 3-31.

  • Lee, Ronald, and Andrew Mason (2011). Theoretical aspects of National Transfer Accounts. In Ronald Lee and Andrew Mason, lead authors and editors. Population aging and the generational economy: A global perspective. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, pp. 32-54.

  • Mason, Andrew, and Ronald Lee (2011). Introducing age into National Accounts. In Ronald Lee and Andrew Mason, lead authors and editors. Population aging and the generational economy: A global perspective. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, pp. 55-78.

  • Lee, Ronald, and Andrew Mason (2011). Lifecycles, support systems, and generational flows: Patterns and change. In Ronald Lee and Andrew Mason, lead authors and editors. Population aging and the generational economy: A global perspective. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, pp. 79-108.

  • Mason, Andrew, Naohiro Ogawa, Amonthep Chawla, and Rikiya Matsukura (2011). Asset-based flows from a generational perspective. In Ronald Lee and Andrew Mason, lead authors and editors. Population aging and the generational economy: A global perspective. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, pp. 209-40.

  • Lee, Ronald, and Andrew Mason (2011). The price of maturity. Finance and Development. 48(2): 6-11.

  • Lee, Ronald, and Andrew Mason (2011). Generational economics in a changing world. In Ronald Lee and David Reher, eds. Demographic transition and its consequences. Population and Development Review. 37(S1): 115-42.

  • Mason, Andrew, Sang-Hyop Lee, and Ronald Lee (2010). Will demographic change undermine Asia’s growth prospects?” In Masahiro Kawai, Jong-Wha Lee, and Peter Petri, eds.  Asian regionalism in the world economy: Engine for dynamism and stability. Manila: Asian Development Bank; and Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp. 70-121.

  • Mason, Andrew, Ronald Lee, and Sang-Hyop Lee (2010). The demographic transition and economic growth in the Pacific Rim. In Takatoshi Ito and Andrew K. Rose, eds. The economic consequences of demographic change in East Asia. Boston: National Bureau of Economic Research, pp. 19-55.

  • Ogawa, Naohiro, Andrew Mason, Amonthep Chawla, and Rikiya Matsukura (2010).  Japan’s unprecedented aging and changing intergenerational transfers. In Takatoshi Ito and Andrew K. Rose, eds. The economic consequences of demographic change in East Asia. Boston: National Bureau of Economic Research, pp. 131-160.

  • Lee, Ronald, and Andrew Mason (2010). Some macroeconomic consequences of global population aging. Demography. 47:S151-72.

  • Lee, Ronald, and Andrew Mason (2010). Fertility, human capital, and economic growth over the demographic transition. European Journal of Population. 26(2): 159-182.  Online version published June 19, 2009.  http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=article&id=doi:10.1007/s10680-009-9186-x

Grants and Consultancies

National Institute on Aging, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNFPA, Japan Medical Association, USAID, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Professional Honors and Appointments

Member, Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA), University of California, Berkeley; Member, Harvard Program on the Global Demography of Aging; Visiting Professor, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, 1998; Visiting Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983-84; Treasurer, Association of National Census and Statistics Directors of America, Asia, and the Pacific; Fred M. Taylor prize in economic theory, 1972.

For further information, please see Andrew Mason's University of Hawaii web site.