Andrew Mason

UHERO Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Economics


Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan, 1975
M.A., Economics, University of Michigan, 1973
B.A., George Washington University, 1969

For many years Andrew Mason was associated with the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii and the Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he now holds a position as Emeritus Professor. He is a member of the Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA) at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO). During the last twenty years, Mason and Ronald Lee co- developed National Transfer Accounts (NTA) which provides a comprehensive system for studying the generational economy and the connections between population change and the macroeconomy. NTA is being used to study the generational economy by research teams in 99 countries and the State of Hawaii. Mason has authored or co-authored more than 150 journal articles and book chapters and co-authored or co-edited thirty books and monographs including Population Aging and the Generational Economy: A Global Perspective, a finalist for the Paul A. Samuelson Award and selected as an Outstanding Academic Publication by Choice Magazine. His research addresses ways that population change will influence the macroeconomy including economic growth, intergenerational transfers, interest rates, public finances, saving and wealth, and old-age support systems. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.

Selected Publications

Andrew Mason, 2022 “National Transfer Accounts and the Economics of Aging,” in David E. Bloom, Alfonso Sousa-Poza, and Uwe Sunde, eds. The Routledge Handbook of the Economics of Ageing.

Sang-Hyop Lee, Andrew Mason, and Donghyun Park, 2022 “Aging and Debt,” in Benno Ferrarini, Juan Pradelli, and Marcelo Guigale (eds) Debt Sustainability in Asia, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, Edward Elgar, 342-365.

Andrew Mason, Sang-Hyop Lee, and Donghyun Park, 2022 “Demographic Change, Economic Growth, and Old-Age Economic Security: Asia and the World” Asian Development Review.

Andrew Mason, Ronald Lee, and members of the National Transfer Accounts Network, 2022, “Six Ways Population Change is Affecting the Global Economy,” Population and Development Review 51-73 (March).

Andrew Mason, 2021. “Are Asia’s Demographic Dividends Disappearing?” in Bert Hofman, Sarah Y. Tong and Zhao Litao, Special Issue on the Economic and Social Impacts of Population Ageing: China in a Global Perspective, China: An International Journal 19 (3) August.

Andrew Mason and Michael Abrigo, 2020 “Hawaii’s Generational Economy,” Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, State of Hawaii.

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.

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.

Ronald Lee 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.