Making retirement work: Are women in Hong Kong ready for an independent old age?

Making retirement work: Are women in Hong Kong ready for an independent old age? is a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), sponsored by Fidelity. It examines the preparations Hong Kong women are making for a longer retirement. 

The report draws on two main sources for its research and findings:

In June 2015 the EIU surveyed 1,000 women from Hong Kong, all of whom were aged 40 years or above and identify as being of Chinese ethnicity. For the purposes of this report the sample was split into three age brackets: 40-49, 50-64 and 65+. A full demographic breakdown is contained in the Appendix.
Alongside the survey, the EIU conducted a series of indepth interviews with the following experts and academics
(listed alphabetically by organisation):

  • Anna Rappaport, founder, Anna Rappaport Consulting, US (advisor on retirement systems)
  • Fern Ngai, CEO, Community Business, Hong Kong
  • Teresa Tsien, senior teaching fellow, Department of Applied Social Sciences and director, Institute of Active Ageing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; founder and president of the advocacy organisation Women’s Initiative for Aging Successfully (WINGS)
  • Karen Eggleston, faculty director, Asia Health Policy Programme, Walter H Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Centre, Stanford University, US
  • Christine Fang, professor of practice, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong, and former head of the Hong Kong Council of Social Services
  • Lisa Moore, research and advocacy manager, Women’s Foundation, Hong Kong

The report was written by Jonathan Hopfner and edited by James Chambers. We would like to thank all interviewees and survey respondents for their time and insight. Special thanks go to Teresa Tsien for her help and guidance. The Economist Intelligence Unit bears sole responsibility for this report. The findings do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor.