The Global Demographic Dependency Debacle

Tyler Durden's picture

The long-term importance of the dependency ratio (which at its most base represents the ratio of economically inactive compared to economically active individuals) is at the heart of many of our fiscal problems (and policy decisions). Not only have they and will they become a larger and larger burden on the tax-paying public but as a voting block will be more and more likely to vote the more socialist wealth-transfer-friendly way in any election (just as we see extreme examples in Europe). The following chart provides some significant food for thought along these lines as by 2016, for the first time ever, developed world economies will have a higher dependency ratio than emerging economies and it rises dramatically. How this will affect budget deficits (food stamps) and/or civil unrest is anyone's guess but for sure, it seems given all the bluster, that we are far from prepared for this shift.



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mrktwtch2's picture

dont worry they will invent some spary that will wipe out the seniors..

WALLST8MY8BALL's picture

Next thing ya know we get a light on the wrist that turns red when you hit 30.....

camaro68ss's picture

Happy dependance day on the 4th Emerika

Kitler's picture

Yes yes... the economically inactive have brought this nation to the brink of ruin. Fucking lazy children and the elderly... those bastards should just go out and get real good paying economically active and productive jobs like our hard working bankers!

(My apologies, but I just can't stand parasites sucking at the Federal teat.)

Sofa King Confused's picture

Last word is misspelled Tyler please remove the f.

The Monkey's picture

One of the beneficial byproducts of open market purchases is that they improve the demographics of the host. So, the whole issue should be straightened out via central bank action.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Actually I don't think it bothers the powers too much.

History has been a series of steps of "liberating" slaves (onto larger plantations, now digital plantations are infinite).

The blacks got their liberation in the US when combined harvesters were good and ready to replace them (metaphorically, including general mechanization).

Plus, it's old people, brought up to be sel-fish in these last 50 or so years, will spend any money to cling on to life and semblences of trans-human youth, so they are actually a great demographic to keep alive. They'll even pay Pharma-surgico complex big dollars for the privilage.

No need for young workign hands in a perfect, robot-ized world.

It's the rise of the robots that should be looked at with concern.



FEDbuster's picture
Just saw this over at Drudge: 8,733,461: Workers on Federal 'Disability' Exceed Population of New York City

Gene pool needs a shock treatment.

Doña K's picture

Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves. "Beverly Hills nannies" reality show starts soon. America will be stuck in the mud forever.

Yes! nanny state will take care of the meek, the weak and the lazy in exchange of their votes and suck the middle class and the rich dry until they run out of other people's money or print it. Even Jesus knew that then when he said that the meek shall be blessed and inherit the earth.

 BTW: Welfare payments, food stamps and other giveaways is printing shadow money.   

Oracle of Kypseli's picture

I think it is time to quit the internets!! Say goodbye to the TV and move to the mountains.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

That's right!  Head for the hills!  I hear Peru is nice!

Good seeing you around Oracle!

crawldaddy's picture

you 're an  idiot, do you get enjoymeny making such embarrassing comments?

Vince Clortho's picture

Let's fix the main problem first.  Get rid of the parsitical Central Bankers.

Do this before you start throwing your children off cliffs and pushing your grandparents in front of trains.

Once that is done, then we can start looking at other problems.

Stay focused

Dr. Engali's picture

That's Logan's Run bitchez!!!

Dad Was Right's picture

Nice reference - actually it was a colored crystal in your palm. 

Logan's Run - Always liked that movie.

I'm blinking...!

Its_the_economy_stupid's picture

Keep fit, eat smart, stay productive,  get ready for the long haul.

mrktwtch2's picture

been doing that all along..was out to dinner with my lady last night and acros from us was 4 human whales at a talbe..not one person weighed less than 350 lbs..and i tiold her that is why health care costs are skyrocketing..

Its_the_economy_stupid's picture

Smart. sharp. ready for Action.

walküre's picture

No amount of money can fix stupid. Same goes for the opposite of the spectrum, the "super fit" and supposedly healthy crowd. Men and women exercising themselves to the brink of collapse. At least they drop dead instantly with a cardiac arrest before their joints and bones are worn out and need replacing. The fat group however will live longer but only if they can sustain the daily calory intake. Once they are loosing too much weight and start moving around more, they're badly depleted bones and joints will suffer.

I'd say it's a toss-up.

As always, middle of the road is where you want to be.

machineh's picture

Looks bullish for Soylent Green production!

Aren't you hungry?

Nonexistent Uninvented God's picture

Surely we wouldn't want to discount someone's opinion on how to allocate wealth through taxes just because they're obviously going to vote for more handouts for themselves at the expense of future generations. Nay! We should help them into their own special voting boths just to show them how much we vaule their leech-like tendencies.

GeneMarchbanks's picture

Demographics matter! Great chart.

Bob Sacamano's picture

Understand the general trend is likely correct, but the historical DM and projected DM line looks like they are not using the same data set.  You don't see demographic lines change at close to 90 degree angles. 

centerline's picture

Without the underlying data, assumptions, etc. it is hard to make too much of call... but for bigger trends it makes sense.  Shows how in early 90's the ponzi suffered a stroke and officially flatlined around the bubble.  Then in 2010 range officially zombie.

crawldaddy's picture

for pharma,for healthcare, for all sorts of industries it is.

Bartanist's picture

Yeah, just love charts that use abbreviations with no explanation. So, WTF are DM and EM?

Dr. Engali's picture

Developed markets and emerging markets. What the hell does WTF stand for ? ;->

Pool Shark's picture


Deutsche Marks & Euro Marks?

CaptainObvious's picture

Dependent motherfuckers and employed motherfuckers

francis_sawyer's picture

all I need to know is that in 2100... I'll be fucked... RIGHT?

AustriAnnie's picture


Because Tyler didn't make it simple enough to understand by highlighting the chart explanation in bold type?  (Which he often does when the charts do not contain clear labels).  


OutLookingIn's picture

Funny how the cross coincides with the first wave of baby boomers turning 65?

The elites game plan? Turn one segment of the population against the other.

We are seeing this come true in the treatment of senior citizens.

This segment of the population will stand just so much of this bullshit.

Lets face it. You DO NOT want to piss off a well armed old man, who is suffering the effects of old age, on a reduced pension! He has nothing to lose, and much to gain.

Pool Shark's picture



Beware, when the toothless get ruthless...



machineh's picture

Hey (hey!), you (you!)

Get offa my lawn!

Omen IV's picture

nor a well armed cancer patient who has six months left - this game shortly will be totally random - as they attack those who have provided for their own social security insurance premiums for 40 year and try and renege on the contract

ATM's picture

It isn't insurance. It's a wealth transfer system from us to the government.

Totentänzerlied's picture

The fuck planet are you living on? The most solid voting block in the country which never fails to vote itself ever larger portions of the public largesse, thereby stealing from the younger but slowly enough that they will likely be dead when the rubes finally see what's happened ... cry me a fucking river grandpa, other people's money has run out, you've blown it ALL on your 5 prescription drugs a day and 10 doctor visits  a month for 15 different diseases, meanwhile you send your grandkids $50 on their birthdays - THANKS FOR ALL THE FREE SHIT THAT KEEPS ME BARELY ALIVE FOR 10 fuckin YEARS LONGER THAN NATURE WOULD HAVE, HOPE YOU LIKE WORKING TIL THE DAY YOU DIE TO PAY IT ALL BACK, SSSSSUCKERS!!!

Greatest transfer of wealth in human history - it's a generational thing, baby.

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SmittyinLA's picture


Politics are going to get very ugly very fast, time to go long on lead. 

Cursive's picture

Automation.  It's our only hope.  The world is turning Japanese.

spooz's picture

too bad all the productivity gains from automation will be funnelled up to the 1%, who will sneer at the lazy sheeple who can't find a job that provides a living wage.

MrBoompi's picture

Well, there is only possible choice, create as many poor people as possible AND quit providing any assistance whatsoever.  Since when are lives more important than money?



JohnnyBriefcase's picture

On a long enough timeline both are equally worthless.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

tyler's pablum from socGen earlier fits nicely here, also

Opinion: Funny Money - by Morgan Strong John McCain and I are in agreement, a rare moment of clarity for McCain. McCain, who on occasion demonstrates the integrity he is possessed of, but most often fails to employ, has expressed grave concern over the influx of foreign money into this year’s presidential campaign.

[the fact is that potus and scotus are completely in charge and the checks will be in the mail if you don't vote for mittens]

the international blood-drenched clustefuk formerly known as libya provided theTripoliPost with this lulu too [elections have been postponed till this coming weekend]: 


Protesters Attack, Ransack Benghazi Electoral Committion Offices Armed protesters ransacked the offices of the federal electoral commission in the eastern city of Benghazi Sunday. They were protesting that they want greater independence for Libya's east.