Elizabeth Leahy Madsen
Associate Vice President
March 14, 2018
The beneficial links between population age structure change and economic development are widely known, and often described as the “demographic dividend.” If fertility rates decline, the share of working-age adults in a population increases and incomes grow—even more so if the financial climate encourages savings and investment.
But the dividends from demographic change are not limited to the economy. PRB’s new interactive web feature shows how maturing age structures open a window of opportunity across four sectors—health, education, economic, and political. With this web feature, you can discover how age structure change facilitates development goals in all four sectors and why countries should invest in programs that support this change, such as voluntary family planning, child health, and women’s education.