Visit the Demographic Dividend Website The demographic dividend refers to the accelerated economic growth of a country that begins with changes in the age structure. Decreased fertility and improved health can lead to a shift in the age structure of a population, decreasing the ratio of dependents to working adults. In conjunction with other important factors, this reduced dependency ratio can open the door for a period of economic growth termed the demographic dividend.
The Gates Institute partners with a consortium of researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health and the National Transfers Account of the University of Hawaii, and University of California Berkeley to address key research and policy questions related to the DD. The Institute has also organized international gatherings on the DD and worked with the Population Reference Bureau, the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa to produce a demographic dividend report and briefs to better assist policy makers in understanding issues around the DD.