Past Event

Demographic Change and Economic Growth in the BRICS: Dividend, Drag, or Disaster?

April 20, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 413

Profound changes in global demography are re-shaping the trajectory of international development and affecting the prospects for world economic growth. In its 2015/2016 Global Monitoring Report, the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund document the intensity and diversity of demographic developments around the world and analyze their implications for development and growth.

The presentation will consist of two parts. The first part will analyze global demographic change on the basis of a new demographic typology, analyze economic impacts, and assess the role of policies at the country and global levels. The second part will apply the analysis to the BRICS economies and examine the highly dissimilar contributions of demography to recent and future economic outcomes.

Presentation by:

Philip Schellekens, Lead Economist, Development Prospects Group, World Bank

Bryce Quillin, Senior Economist, Development Prospects Group, World Bank


Jan Svejnar, Director, Center on Global Economic Governance, Columbia SIPA

Marcos Troyjo, Co-Director, BRICLab, CGEG at Columbia SIPA

Organized by the CGEG BRICLab.

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