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Andrew Mason


Senior Fellow, East-West Center

Emeritus Professor, Department of Economics, University of Hawaii
1601 East-West Road

Honolulu, Hawaii 96848-1601
Telephone: (808) 561-9208


Curriculum Vitae
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Research Interests

Population economics, macroeconomics, economic growth, intergenerational transfers Big Hr


Founding Director, National Transfer Accounts Project
Associate Editor, The Journal of the Economics of Ageing
Associate Editor, Journal of Demographic Economics
Member, Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging, University of California-Berkeley
Treasurer, Association of National Census and Statistics Directors of America, Asia, and the Pacific
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Selected Research (see CV for a complete listing)

·       Andrew Mason, Sang-Hyop Lee, Ronald Lee, and Gretchen Donehower, 2019, “Macroeconomics and Policies in Aging Societies”, Economics of Population, David Bloom (editor), CEPR eBook.

·       Andrew Mason and Ronald Lee, 2018 “Intergenerational Transfers and the Older Population,” National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Future Directions for the Demography of Aging: Proceedings of a Workshop: 187-214.  Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

·       Andrew Mason, Ronald Lee, Michael Abrigo, and Sang-Hyop Lee 2017 “Support Ratios and Demographic Dividends: Estimates for the World” United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, Technical Paper No. 2017/1.

·       Ronald Lee and Andrew Mason (2017) “How demography contributes to slower economic growth in rich nations”, Finance & Development (March) Vol. 54, No. 1.

·       Andrew Mason, Ronald Lee, Jennifer Xue Jiang 2016 “Demographic Dividends, Human Capital, and Saving,” The Journal of the Economics of Ageing 7(April) 106–122 doi:

·       Ronald Lee, Andrew Mason, and members of the NTA network, 2014 “Is Low Fertility Really a Problem? Population Aging, Dependency, and Consumption,” Science (346) 229-234. DOI: 10.1126/science.1250542.

·       United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, 2013 National Transfer Accounts Manual: Measuring and Analyzing the Generational Economy (New York, NY, United Nations).  (Note:  UN manuals are not authored.  Document was drafted by Mason and Gretchen Donehower.)

·       Lee, R., and Mason, A. (2012). Population aging, intergenerational transfers, and economic growth: Asia in a global context. In Aging in Asia: Findings from New and Emerging Data Initiatives. Committee on Policy Research and Data Needs to Meet the Challenge of Aging in Asia. J.P. Smith and M. Majmundar, Eds.  Washington, DC:  The National Academies Press (

·       Ronald Lee and Andrew Mason, lead authors and editors, 2011. Population Aging and the Generational Economy: A Global Perspective (Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar). Selected as Outstanding Academic Publication by Choice Magazine; finalist Paul A. Samuelson Award.

·       Lee, Ronald and Andrew Mason 2010 “Some Macroeconomic Consequences of Global Population Aging,” Demography (47 supplement) S151-172.

·       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.

·       Andrew Mason, Ronald Lee, An-Chi Tung, Mun Sim Lai, and Tim Miller, 2009. “Population Aging and Intergenerational Transfers:  Introducing Age into National Income Accounts,” Developments in the Economics of Aging edited by David Wise (National Bureau of Economic Research:  University of Chicago Press) 89-122.

·       Wang Feng and Andrew Mason, 2008. “The Demographic Factor in China’s Transition,” in China’s Great Economic Transformation, Loren Brandt and Thomas G. Rawski, Eds., Cambridge University Press, 136-166.

·       Mason, Andrew and Ronald Lee, 2007. “Transfers, Capital, and Consumption over the Demographic Transition” in Population Aging, Intergenerational Transfers and the Macroeconomy, Robert Clark, Naohiro Ogawa, and Andrew Mason (Eds) Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar 128-162.   

·       Tomoko Kinugasa and Andrew Mason, 2007. “Why Countries Become Wealthy: The Effects of Adult Longevity on Saving” World Development 35(1): 1-23. Pub Med

·       Andrew Mason, 2007. “Demographic Transition and Demographic Dividends in Developing and Developed Countries,” Proceedings of the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Social and Economic Implications of Changing Population Age Structures, Mexico City, 31 August – 2 September 2005 (New York: United Nations) 81-102.

·       Lee, Ronald and Andrew Mason, 2006. “Back to Basics: What is the Demographic Dividend” Finance & Development (Washington, D.C.: International Monetary Fund) 16-17.

·       Andrew Mason and Ronald Lee, 2006 “Reform and Support Systems for the Elderly in Developing Countries: Capturing the Second Demographic Dividend,” GENUS LXII (2) 11-35.

·       Ronald Lee, Andrew Mason, and Timothy Miller, 2003. “From Transfers to Individual Responsibility: Implications for Savings and Capital Accumulation in Taiwan and the United States” Scandinavian Journal of Economics 105(3) 339-357.

·       Ronald Lee, Andrew Mason, and Tim Miller, 2001. “Saving, Wealth, and the Demographic Transition in East Asia,” Population Change and Economic Development in East Asia: Challenges Met, Opportunities Seized, Andrew Mason, ed. (Stanford: Stanford University Press) 155-184.

·       Ronald Lee, Andrew Mason, and Tim Miller, 2000. “Life-Cycle Saving and the Demographic Transition in East Asia” Population and Economic Change in East Asia. C.Y. Cyrus Chu and Ronald Lee, Eds. A special supplement to Population and Development Review (26) 194-222.

·       Andrew Mason and Tim Miller, 2000. “Dynasties, Intergenerational Transfers, and Lifecycle Income,” in A. Mason and G. Tapinos, Eds., Sharing the Wealth: Demographic Change and Economic Transfers between Generations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).

·       Andrew Mason, ed., 2001. Population Change and Economic Development in East Asia: Challenges Met, Opportunities Seized (Stanford: Stanford University Press).

·       Andrew Mason and Georges Tapinos, Eds., 2000. Sharing the Wealth: Demographic Change and Economic Transfers between Generations (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

·       John Bauer and Andrew Mason, “The Distribution of Income and Wealth in Japan,” Review of Income and Wealth, 38(4) (December 1992) 403‑428.  Also published as occasional paper by the Democratic Study Center, Washington, D.C. 

·       Andrew Mason, “National Saving Rates and Population Growth: A New Model and New Evidence,” in Gayle Johnson and Ronald D. Lee, Eds., Consequences of Population Growth in Developing Countries (Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1987) 523‑560.

·       Maxwell Fry and Andrew Mason, “The Variable Rate‑of‑Growth Effect in the Life‑cycle Saving Model,” Economic Inquiry XX (July, 1982) 426‑43.

·       Daniel B. Suits, Andrew Mason, and Louis Chan, “Spline Functions Fitted by Standard Regression Methods,” Review of Economics and Statistics 60 (February, 1978) 132‑139.  [Also published as Papers of the Center for Planning and Economic Research, Athens.]

·       Andrew Mason and Neil G. Bennett, “Sex Selection with Biased Technologies and its Effect on the Population Sex Ratio,” Demography 14 (August, 1977) 285‑97.