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Booms, Busts, and Echoes: How the biggest demographic upheaval in history is affecting global development

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  • David E. Bloom

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    (Harvard School of Public Health)

  • David Canning

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    (Harvard School of Public Health)

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For much (and perhaps most) of human history, demographic patterns were fairly stable: the human population grew slowly, and age structures, birth rates, and death rates changed very little. The slow long-run growth in population was interrupted periodically by epidemics and pandemics that could sharply reduce population numbers, but these events had little bearing on long-term trends.

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Paper provided by Program on the Global Demography of Aging in its series PGDA Working Papers with number 1506.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:gdm:wpaper:1506

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Keywords: demography; growth; global development;

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  1. Ronald Lee, 2003. "The Demographic Transition: Three Centuries of Fundamental Change," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 17(4), pages 167-190, Fall.
  2. David E. Bloom & David Canning, 2004. "Global Demographic Change: Dimensions and Economic Significance," NBER Working Papers 10817, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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Cited by:
  1. Dean Jamison & Prabhat Jha & David E. Bloom, 2008. "Disease Control," PGDA Working Papers 3508, Program on the Global Demography of Aging.

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