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The Economic Consequences of Slowing Population Growth

Authors: Thomas J. Espenshade, William J. Serow Publisher: Elsevier Science Publication date: 2013 Publication language: Angielski Number of pages: 309 Publication formats: EAN: 9781483266060 ISBN: 9781483266060 Category: Economics Publisher's index: C2013-0-10632-0 Bibliographic note: -


The Economic Consequences of Slowing Population Growth is a collection of papers dealing with the economic implications of a sustained low fertility rate on an industrialized country. The book reviews the situation prevailing in the United States including the country's demographic trends and prospects. The text also presents the uncertainties, the unknown, and the known economic consequences of low fertility as analyzed from previous generations. One paper examines the lessons that can be learned from a zero population growth in Europe by comparing theory and reality. This paper expounds on the social and economic effects while transitioning to a zero growth rate. Other papers examine the inter-relationships between unemployment, inflation, and economic policy. These papers also give recommendations to cut unemployment levels without causing inflation in the process. Other papers discuss social security and other needs of an aging population. One paper examines rising concerns over population movements in times of slower U.S. population growth; the author cites data reflecting migration trends and population declines in several metropolitan areas. The text can prove useful for sociologists, social workers, public health services officers, and public economists.


  • Front Cover 2
  • The Economic Consequences of Slowing Population Growth 5
  • Copyright Page 6
  • Table of Contents 7
  • List of Contributors 11
  • Foreword 13
  • Preface 15
  • List of Tables 19
  • List of Illustrations 21
  • Chapter 1. The Demographic Dimensions of Slowing Population Growth in the United States 23
    • Trends and Prospects in U.S. Population Growth 24
    • Changes in Age Composition 27
    • Spatial Redistribution of the Population 30
    • Conclusion 32
  • Chapter 2. The Economics of Declining Population Growth: An Assessment of the Current Literature 35
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