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Demographic gift

    '''Demographic gift''' is a term in demographics used to describe the initially favorable effect of falling fertility rates on the ratio of the working population to the dependent population (children and the aged)
    Fertility declines in a population combined with falls in mortality rates—the so-called "demographic transition"—produce a typical sequence of effects on age structures The child-dependency ratio (the ratio of children to those who support them) at first rises somewhat due to more children surviving then falls sharply as average family size decreases Later the overall population ages rapidly as currently seen in many developed and semi-developed nations Between these two periods is a long interval of favorable age distributions known as the "demographic gift" with low and falling total dependency ratios (including both children and aged persons)
    The term was used to Bloom and Willamson Bloom David E. and Jeffrey G. Williamson 1998 Demographic Transitions and Economic Miracles in Emerging Asia World Bank Economic Review 12: 419 - 455 to signify the economic benefits of a high ratio of working age to dependent population during the demographic transition Bloom et al. Bloom David E., David Canning and Jaypee Sevilla 2003 The Demographic Dividend: A New Perspective on the Economic Consequences of Population Change Population Matters Monograph MR-1274 RAND Santa Monica introduced the term demographic dividend to emphasize the idea that the effect is not automatic but must be earned by the presence of suitable economic policies that allow a relatively large workforce to be productively employed


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