Mature Economy

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Mature Economy'

A mature economy is the situation where the country's population has stabilized or is in decline, and where the pace of economic growth has also slowed. A population has stabilized or is in decline when the birth rate is equal to or less than the mortality rate. A mature economy is characterized by a decrease in spending on infrastructure, and a relative increase in consumer spending.

BREAKING DOWN 'Mature Economy'

One result of a mature economy is a reduced pressure to create new jobs since the workforce is not increasing. Many of Western Europe's economies are considerably more mature than that of the United States, and are in marked contrast to the faster growing economies of the Far East.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Economic Growth Rate

    A measure of economic growth from one period to another in percentage ...
  2. Employment-To-Population Ratio

    A macroeconomic statistic that takes the ratio of the total working ...
  3. Growth Recession

    An expression coined by economists to describe an economy that ...
  4. Economic Growth

    An increase in the capacity of an economy to produce goods and ...
  5. Economy

    The large set of inter-related economic production and consumption ...
  6. Zero-Sum Game

    A situation in which one person’s gain is equivalent to another’s ...
Related Articles
  1. Economics

    A Practical Look At Microeconomics

    Learn how individual decision-making turns the gears of our economy.
  2. Options & Futures

    Explaining The World Through Macroeconomic Analysis

    From unemployment and inflation to government policy, learn what macroeconomics measures and how it affects everyone.
  3. Professionals

    Jobless Growth: Are You Prepared?

    Economic growth doesn't always mean employment growth. Learn about how the jobless growth economy affects workers and investors.
  4. Economics

    Is a Recession Coming?

    In the space of a week, the VIX Index, a measure of market volatility, spiked from 13, suggesting extreme complacency, to over 50, evidencing total panic.
  5. Investing Basics

    Tuesday Intel: U.S. Stocks Continue Lower

    A summary of news that moved markets yesterday and what to expect today.
  6. Entrepreneurship

    The Unintended Consequences of Outsourcing

    The outsourcing of labor overseas is a natural result of globalization of world markets and the drive for businesses to cut costs in order to maximize profits.
  7. Economics

    A Look at Greece’s Messy Fiscal Policy

    Investigate the muddy fiscal policy, tax problems, and inability to institute austerity that created the Greek crises in 2010 and 2015.
  8. Economics

    The Top 9 Things to Know About Hillary Clinton's Economic View

    Find out where former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands on the economy, jobs, trade and education.
  9. Economics

    Is Argentina a Socialist Country?

    Find out why it does not really make sense to call Argentina a socialist country, even though the South American nation has many socialistic tendencies.
  10. Personal Finance

    Pros and Cons of Capitalist vs Socialist Economies

    Capitalism relies on the markets. Socialism, on government planning. Each system has its pros and cons.
RELATED FAQS
  1. Is Argentina a developed country?

    Argentina is not a developed country. It has one of the strongest economies in South America or Central America and ranks ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Is Brazil a developed country?

    Brazil is not a developed country. Though it has the largest economy in South America or Central America, Brazil is still ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What is the difference between marginal utility and marginal value?

    Depending on the context, marginal utility and marginal value can describe the same thing. The key word for each is "marginal," ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. In economics, what is an index number?

    Economists often make comparisons between sets of data across time. For example, a macroeconomist might want to measure changes ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What role does the agency problem play in the modern Health Care industry?

    Agency problems vary from health care system to health care system, and not all economists agree on the degree and desirability ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What is the utility function and how is it calculated?

    In economics, utility function is an important concept that measures preferences over a set of goods and services. Utility ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Stock Market Crash

    A rapid and often unanticipated drop in stock prices. A stock market crash can be the result of major catastrophic events, ...
  2. Financial Crisis

    A situation in which the value of financial institutions or assets drops rapidly. A financial crisis is often associated ...
  3. Election Period

    The period of time during which an investor who owns an extendable or retractable bond must indicate to the issuer whether ...
  4. Shanghai Stock Exchange

    The largest stock exchange in mainland China, the Shanghai Stock Exchange is a nonprofit organization run by the China Securities ...
  5. Dead Cat Bounce

    A temporary recovery from a prolonged decline or bear market, followed by the continuation of the downtrend. A dead cat bounce ...
  6. Bear Market

    A market condition in which the prices of securities are falling, and widespread pessimism causes the negative sentiment ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!