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Demographic Dividends, Dependencies, and Economic Growth in China and India

  • Jane Golley


    (The Australian Centre on China in the World, The Australian National University)

  • Rod Tyers


    (Business School, The University of Western Australia and Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA), College of Business and Economics, The Australian National University, The University of Western Australia)

The world's two population giants (China and India) have undergone significant, and significantly different, demographic transitions since the 1950s. The demographic dividends associated with these transitions during the first three decades of this century are examined using a global economic model that incorporates full demographic behavior and measures of dependency that reflect the actual number of workers to non-workers, rather than the number of working-aged to non-working-aged. Although much of China's demographic dividend now lies in the past, alternative assumptions about future trends in fertility and labor force participation rates are used to demonstrate that China will not necessarily enter a period of “demographic taxation” for at least another decade, if not longer. In contrast with China, much of India's potential demographic dividend lies in waiting for the decades ahead, with the extent and duration depending critically on a range of factors. © 2012 The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Asian Economic Papers.

Volume (Year): 11 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (October)
Pages: 1-26

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Handle: RePEc:tpr:asiaec:v:11:y:2012:i:3:p:1-26
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