Quotation Bloom, David E., Kuhn, Michael, Prettner, Klaus. 2017. Africa's Prospects for Enjoying a Demographic Dividend. Journal of Demographic Economics. 83 63-76.




We assess Africa's prospects for enjoying a demographic dividend. While fertility rates and dependency ratios in Africa remain high, they have started to decline. According to UN projections, they will fall further in the coming decades such that by the mid-21st century, the ratio of the working age to dependent population will be greater than in Asia, Europe, and Northern America. This projection suggests Africa has considerable potential to enjoy a demographic dividend. Whether and when it actually materializes, and also its magnitude, hinges on policies and institutions in key realms that include macroeconomic management, human capital, trade, governance, and labor and capital markets. Given strong complementarities among these areas, coordinated policies will likely be most effective in generating the momentum needed to pull Africa's economies out of a development trap.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Demographic Economics
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-C
Language English
Title Africa's Prospects for Enjoying a Demographic Dividend
Volume 83
Year 2017
Page from 63
Page to 76
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-demographic-economics/article/abs/div-classtitleafricaandaposs-prospects-for-enjoying-a-demographic-dividenddiv/4B9493B9D0A388889BCD28BD9932707B
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/dem.2016.19
Open Access N


Prettner, Klaus (Details)
Bloom, David E. (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, United States/USA)
Kuhn, Michael (Vienna Institute of Demography, Austria)
Department of Economics (Crespo Cuaresma) (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5371 Macroeconomics (Details)
5404 Demography (Details)
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