Population and Development Review

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Edited By: Geoffrey McNicoll and Landis MacKellar; Managing Editor: Rachel Friedman

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Associated Title(s): Studies in Family Planning

Supplement to Population and Development Review 37 (2011)


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Demographic transition is the central theoretical concept in the population field. As empirical fact, the transition’s nearing completion—in low mortality and fertility—is the dominant feature of global population dynamics. While the determinants of demographic transition have been explored in depth over more than half a century, far less attention has been given to the consequences of transition, aside from its immediate effect on population aging. Yet the transition also has major implications for family and kinship patterns, for the process of urbanization, for public finance and the welfare state, and more broadly for intergenerational relations. In the longer run it may give rise to (and possibly entrench) negative natural increase, presenting radical new challenges for public policy. The chapters in this volume explore aspects of the transitional and post-transition landscape from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. They cover both modern industrial societies and emerging economies, and take note of the circumstances of latecomers in the transition process.

About the Editors
Ronald D. Lee is Professor of Demography and Jordan Family Professor of Economics, Departments of Demography and Economics, University of California, Berkeley. David S. Reher is Professor at the Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM); and Director of the Grupo de Estudios Población y Sociedad (GEPS).

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