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16:15 - 17:45 4 February 2016

Research Seminar: “Changing Demography, Graduate Employment and Social Mobility in Taiwan”


Committee Room 2 | UCL Institute of Education (link Map)
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Professor Sheng-Ju Chan, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

As a vibrant economic entity in East Asia, Taiwan has been well-known internationally for its flexibility and efficiency. However, the country’s prosperity is under serious challenge due to the emerging phenomena of worsening labour markets and stagnant social mobility for the younger generation. This paper starts with a concise analysis of the changing demographic composition in Taiwan, for which the author adopts a longitudinal perspective to examine critically current employment scenarios by using unemployment rates and wage levels. The results show that university graduates face seriously declining wage levels and unstable career trajectories. Such structural transformation in turn constitutes a major barrier for upward social mobility in the long term. The conclusion suggests that demographic factors, higher education and training, and workforce/employment issues must be seen as a collective whole in order to address these developmental challenges.


Richard Arnold
+44 (0)20 7911 5464 | r.arnold@ioe.ac.uk


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