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The standard indicator of population aging is the old-age dependency ratio (OADR). Despite lower levels in the US than in other high-income countries its continuous increase has increased policy makers’ concern. However, the OADR is not ‘fit for purpose’, as it counts neither the dependent elderly nor those who sustain them. It merely takes a cut-off point (the state pension age) and assigns adults to the two sides of the ratio accordingly. We propose several alternative measures that give a more accurate but different account.
|Title of host publication||Population Association of America Annual Meeting|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2014|
|Event||Population Association of America Annual Meeting - Princeton, Boston, United Kingdom|
Duration: 1 May 2014 → 3 May 2014
|Conference||Population Association of America Annual Meeting|
|Period||1/05/14 → 3/05/14|
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