The dependency ratio is defined as an age population ratio of those who are working in the labour force and those who are not working in the labour force. You can calculate the Dependency Ratio of a country using the following example:- You can calculate the dependency ratio of the population of China as using the following figures as shown in the example below:- 0-14 years: 20.1% 15-64 years: 71.9% 65 years and over: 8% With China still sticking to the One Child Policy, the dependency ratio of the country is healthy at the current time. However, if the present One Child Policy is still in place, the dependency ratio could drop dramatically, due to the low CBR (Crude Birth Rate) or a high CDR (Crude Death Rate). This would mean that there would either be too many old people, or too few young people. In China’s case, this would probably mean that there would be too few young dependents due to the One Child Policy, which would mean that there may not be enough people for the working force. Looking at the current population pyramid and the projected population pyramid we can see the dramatic change in the population shift. There is also a lower The population has amount of young considerable reduced, dependents which means with there being a that there would be lower working continued reduced future population working population.
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