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Population and Demography

To develop sound fiscal and social policies, governments need an accurate understanding of the size and makeup of their populations and any demographic trends under way. For example, a nation facing a growing proportion of elderly may decide to allocate its resources differently than one experiencing a baby boom, and a country undergoing rapid urbanization may invest in infrastructure differently than one that is not. Our reports and workshops examine the causes of demographic changes and their implications for policy, as well as the effects of war, recession, and other circumstances on particular populations, such as the young or elderly.  See also:

Current Projects
   

Sustainability Science: Preparing for 9 Billion on the Planet

This project will be a public workshop that will examine key underlying paradigms of both social and natural science, as they relate to human population size, population growth, aging populations, migration toward cities, and differential consumption, land use change, .....

   

Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Indonesia

The United States National Research Council and the Indonesian Academy of Science will together form an expert study committee that will compile and evaluate the quality and consistency of existing data relating to maternal and neonatal mortality…...

  
Reports
 
Macroeconomics_of_Aging Aging and the Macroeconomy: Long-Term Implications of an Older Population (CPOP)

2012

 

This report presents the fundamental factors driving the aging of the U.S. population, as well as its societal implications and likely long-term macroeconomic effects in a global context. Read more

 

The Continuing Epidemiological Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Workshop Summary  (CPOP)
2012

Among the poorest and least developed regions in the world, sub-Saharan Africa has long faced a heavy burden of disease, with malaria, tuberculosis, and, more recently, HIV being among the most... Read more


Aging in Asia: Findings from New and Emerging Data Initiatives  (CPOP)
2012

The population of Asia is growing both larger and older. Demographically the most important continent on the world, Asia's population, currently estimated to be 4.2 billion, is expected to increase to... Read more


Assessing the Impact of Severe Economic Recession on the Elderly: Summary of a Workshop  (CPOP)
2011

The economic crisis that began in 2008 has had a significant impact on the well-being of certain segments of the population and its disruptive effects can be expected to last well into the future. The... Read more


Explaining Divergent Levels of Longevity in High-Income Countries  (CPOP)
2011

During the last 25 years, life expectancy at age 50 in the United States has been rising, but at a slower pace than in many other high-income countries, such as Japan and Australia. This difference is... Read more



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