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ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research

Research team to study how home equity could pay for the growing cost of aged care in China


21 April 2017



Research team to study how home equity could pay for the growing cost of aged care in China


Three CEPAR researchers have been awarded AUD 50,000 (USD 37,500) to conduct a new online survey looking at Chinese preferences for long-term aged care and how it will be paid.

CEPAR’s Partner Investigator Professor Hanming Fan, Senior Research Fellow Dr Katja Hanewald and Research Fellow Dr Shang Wu have been granted funds in the 2017 Quartet Pilot Project Competition at the University of Pennsylvania.

“This substantial research grant from the University of Pennsylvania shows that the social and economic consequences of population ageing in China are recognised increasingly as important areas of research,” says Dr Hanewald.

Long-term care costs are growing globally, but especially in China where economic development and family planning policies have resulted in rapid population ageing. In 2015, one in five older persons aged over 65 globally lived in China, while in 2050 one in four elderly – over 370 million people – will be Chinese.

The team’s project, titled “Long-Term Care Financing using Home Equity Release”, will sample over 1,000 Chinese homeowners who are 45-70 years old and ask them to participate in an online survey. The survey will explore new funding mechanisms for long-term aged care, which allow individuals to receive care in their own home and use their housing equity to fund the related costs.

The new project follows the team’s first survey on “The Role of Home Equity for Retirement Financial Planning in China”, which is funded by CEPAR and will be fielded in China in mid-2017.

“This is my first international research grant award. I am excited about the outcome. It encourages me and gives me confidence for future funding applications,” says Dr Wu.


CEPAR is a unique, independent, ARC-funded research centre bringing together academia, government and industry to address one of the major social challenges of the 21st century. It is based at University of New South Wales, with nodes at the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney.




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