Dependency Ratio

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Dependency Ratio'

A measure showing the number of dependents (aged 0-14 and over the age of 65) to the total population (aged 15-64). Also referred to as the "total dependency ratio".

Calculated by:

Dependency Ratio

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Dependency Ratio'

This indicator gives insight into the amount of people of non-working age compared to the number of those of working age. A high ratio means those of working age - and the overall economy - face a greater burden in supporting the aging population.

The young dependency ratio includes only under 15s, and the elderly dependency ratio focuses on those over 64. For example, if in a population of 1,000 there are 250 people under the age of 15 and 500 people between the ages of 15-64. The youth dependency ratio would be 50% (250/500).

RELATED TERMS
  1. Pension Plan

    A type of retirement plan, usually tax exempt, wherein an employer ...
  2. Dependent

    An individual whom a taxpayer can claim for credits and/or exemptions. ...
  3. Life Expectancy

    1. The age until which a person is expected to live. 2. The remaining ...
  4. Medicare

    A U.S. federal health program that subsidizes people who meet ...
  5. Pension Shortfall

    A situation in which a company offering employees a defined benefit ...
  6. Tianjin, China

    A definition of Tianjin, China.
Related Articles
  1. Retirement

    The Investing Risk Of Underfunded Pension Plans

    Determine the risk to a company's EPS and financial condition resulting from an underfunded pension plan.
  2. Home & Auto

    Taking The Surprise Out Of Long-Term Care

    Don't be caught unprepared - find out what to look for in LTC insurance policies.
  3. Investing Basics

    Hong Kong Vs. China: Understand The Differences

    The century-long separation between mainland China and Hong Kong created political and economic gaps which cannot be easily bridged even if the two are officially one country.
  4. Invisible hand is a reference to a famous metaphor used by economist and philosopher Adam Smith.
    Economics

    What does "Invisible Hand" Mean?

    Invisible hand is a reference to a famous metaphor used by economist and philosopher Adam Smith in his classic 1776 book entitled “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.”
  5. Free enterprise is the economic term used to describe an economy with very little government ownership.
    Economics

    What's Free Enterprise?

    Free enterprise is the economic term used to describe an economy with very little government ownership or regulation. In a free enterprise system, competition and the preferences and choices ...
  6. What does Scarcity Mean?
    Economics

    Scarcity

    Scarcity is the basic economic problem that arises because people have unlimited wants, but resources are limited. Because of scarcity, various economic decisions must be made to allocate resources ...
  7. The law of supply and demand is one of the most basic principles in economics.
    Economics

    What is Supply & Demand?

    The law of supply and demand is one of the most basic principles in economics. In simplest terms, the law of supply and demand states that when an item is scarce, but many people want it, the ...
  8. How does Outsourcing Work?
    Economics

    How does Outsourcing Work?

    Outsourcing is the business practice of hiring people outside a company to perform services that traditionally were performed within the company, by the business’s own employees. Companies typically ...
  9. What Does Cyclical Unemployment Mean?
    Economics

    What Does Cyclical Unemployment Mean?

    Cyclical unemployment is the change in job availability due to upswings and downswings in the business cycle. When the economy is robust and booming, cyclical unemployment is at its lowest. When ...
  10. What is GNP?
    Economics

    What's the GNP?

    Gross national product (GNP) is one of many metrics economists use to measure a country’s economic output. For any one year, GNP equals the market value of all the goods and services produced ...

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Santa Claus Rally

    A surge in the price of stocks that often occurs in the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. There are numerous explanations ...
  2. Commodity

    1. A basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type. Commodities are most often ...
  3. Deferred Revenue

    Advance payments or unearned revenue, recorded on the recipient's balance sheet as a liability, until the services have been ...
  4. Multinational Corporation - MNC

    A corporation that has its facilities and other assets in at least one country other than its home country. Such companies ...
  5. SWOT Analysis

    A tool that identifies the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of an organization. Specifically, SWOT is a basic, ...
  6. Simple Interest

    A quick method of calculating the interest charge on a loan. Simple interest is determined by multiplying the interest rate ...
Trading Center