Despite the challenges of population growth, Ethiopia is on the path to a population age structure suitable to experience a demographic dividend. The country has made progress in improving health and development of its people, however, the benefits of a demographic dividend will ultimately depend on the ability of Ethiopia to continue to implement appropriate social and economic policies for the country’s benefit.
In simple terms, the demographic dividend is the economic growth that may result from changes to a country’s age structure, due to the shift from people living short lives and having large families to living long lives and having small families.
Recently, the Washington Post published an article about the rise of air conditioner installations and use around the world. This article highlights one of the more striking parts of world population growth – the growing demand for energy. In this case, it’s the increasing use of air conditioners, which use energy.
In a previous post, we explored the U.S. baby boom generation over time - from 1980 to 2015 - as it is depicted in population pyramids. The baby boom population is evident on U.S. population pyramids because it’s where the pyramid is at its widest, indicating large populations within certain age cohorts.
The baby boom generation is interesting to view on a population pyramid because it’s where the graph is at its widest, indicating a large population in these 5-year age cohorts. In the U.S., babies born between 1945 and 1964 are referred to as baby boomers and this time period was significant because there was a marked rise in birth rates – the number of births during those years was extraordinary. According to the U.S.
Last week we posted an overview of the 7 Things to Know About the 2015 Population Projections. The post has brought up some interesting questions about how these 2015 projections differ from the projections made by the UN in 2012. The following are some of the more dramatic, interesting, or unexpected changes that came about over the past 3 years:
On July 29, 2015, the United Nations released its twenty-fourth revision of the World Population Prospects, an updated collection of demographic data that outlines trends in our current and projected population growth.
2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ founding. This milestone provides a marker for exploring and reflecting back on just how different the world’s demographics are today in comparison to 1945. Here are a few snapshots: