Population Change and the Economy: Social Science Theories and Models

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November 1985



Population change and population forecasts are receiving considerable attention from governmental planners and policy-makers, as well as from the private sector. Old patterns of population redistribution, industrial location, labor-force participation, household formation, and fertility are changing. The resulting uncertainty has increased interest in forecasting because mere extrapolations of past trends are proving inadequate. In the United States of America popUlation forecasts received even more attention after federal agencies began distributing funds for capital infrastructure to state and local governments on the basis of projected future populations. If the national government had based those funding decisions on locally prepared projections, the optimism of local officials would have resulted in billions of dollars worth of excess capacity in sewage treatment plants alone. Cabinet-level inquiries concluded that the U. S. Department of Commerce should (1) assume the responsibility for developing a single set of projections for use whenever future population was a consideration in federal spending decisions and (2) develop methods which incorporate both economic and demographic factors causing population change. Neither the projections prepared by economists at the Bureau of Economic Analysis nor those prepared by demographers at the Bureau of the Census were considered satisfactory because neither method adequately recognized the intertwined nature of demographic and economic change. Against this background, the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the U. S.


I Economic Determinants of Fertility and Migration Rates.
1 Forecasting Birth and Migration Rates: The Theoretical Foundation.
2 Forecasting Regional Births: An Economic-Demographic Approach.
3 Forecasting Interregional Migration: An Economic-Demographic Approach.
II Regional Economic-Demographic Modeling.
4 Economic-Demographic Interactions in the Growth of Texas.
5 An Econometric-Demographic Model of New York State.
6 The Effects of Refining Demographic-Economic Interactions in Regional Econometric Models.
III Interregional Economic-Demographic Modeling.
7 Economic-Demographic Linkages in an Interregional Model.
8 Multistate Demoeconomic Modeling and Projection.
9 The ECESIS Economic-Demographic Model of the United States.
IV The Challenges Ahead.
10 Regional Economic-Demographic Modeling: Progress and Prospects.
11 Intuition, Science, and the Application of Regional Models.


EAN: 9780898381405
ISBN: 0898381401
Untertitel: 1986. Auflage. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: November 1985
Seitenanzahl: 292 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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