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India’s Population: Past, Present and Future

  • Tim Dyson
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    This paper presents a lecture delivered by the author under The Pravin Visaria Public Lecture in GIDR. India has made considerable demographic progress since 1947; however it seems that the country’s population will reach about 1.4 billion by the year 2026. In case of mortality, despite major health problems, the average life expectancy will continue to rise during medium term future. Although India’s coming demographic expansion pose some challenges, it also carries significant benefit in the form of ‘demographic bonus ’. Urbanization is also expected to continue. Thus it seems that India’s prospects are significantly more upbeat over the medium term future.

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    Date of creation: Jun 2009
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    1. Jayant Banthia & Tim Dyson, 1999. "Smallpox in Nineteenth-Century India," Population and Development Review, The Population Council, Inc., vol. 25(4), pages 649-680.
    2. Bloom, David E & Williamson, Jeffrey G, 1998. "Demographic Transitions and Economic Miracles in Emerging Asia," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 12(3), pages 419-55, September.
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