Population inertia and its sensitivity to changes in vital rates or initial conditions
Many studies have examined Keyfitz’s population momentum, a special case of inertia in long-term population size resulting from demographic transition to the stationary population growth rate. Yet, population inertia can be produced by any demographic perturbation (i.e., not just perturbations that produce stationary growth). Insight into applied population dynamics, population ecology, and life history evolution has been gained using perturbation analysis of the population growth rate. However, a similar, generalized framework for perturbation analysis of population inertia has not been developed. We derive general formulas for the sensitivity of population inertia to change in any vital rate or initial population structure. These formulas are readily computable, and we provide examples of their potential use in life history and applied studies of populations.
|Date of creation:||Nov 2006|
|Date of revision:|
|Contact details of provider:|| Web page: http://www.demogr.mpg.de/|
References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Robert Schoen & Young Kim, 1991. "Movement toward stability as a fundamental principle of population dynamics," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 28(3), pages 455-466, August.
- Joshua Goldstein, 2002. "Population momentum for gradual demographic transitions: an alternative approach," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 39(1), pages 65-73, February.
- A Rogers & F Willekens, 1978. "The spatial reproductive value and the spatial momentum of zero population growth," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 10(5), pages 503-518, May.
- A Rogers & F Willekens, 1978. "The Spatial Reproductive Value and the Spatial Momentum of Zero Population Growth," Environment and Planning A, SAGE Publishing, vol. 10(5), pages 503-518, May.
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:dem:wpaper:wp-2006-040. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Peter Wilhelm)
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.