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Geographic Dimensions of Aging in Canada 1991-2001


  • Eric G. Moore
  • Michael A. Pacey


Although population aging at the national level has received much attention, its geographical dimensions have not. Here we explore the demographic processes which underlie population aging at the provincial and metropolitan scale for the periods 1991-1996 and 1996-2001. A demographic accounting framework is proposed which differentiates between the effects of aging-in-place and net migration on population aging. We also examine the relationships between the various measures of aging and social and economic characteristics of metropolitan areas over the two periods. We demonstrate that the path of population aging is susceptible to social and economic context; in particular, the struggles of the British Columbian economy in the second half of the decade and the deteriorating economies of older resources based communities are associated with increases in population aging over and above the general aging taking place in Canadian society.

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  • Eric G. Moore & Michael A. Pacey, 2003. "Geographic Dimensions of Aging in Canada 1991-2001," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 97, McMaster University.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcm:sedapp:97

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    1. M W Rosenberg & E G Moore, 1990. "The elderly, economic dependency, and local government revenues and expenditures," Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 8(2), pages 149-165, April.
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    1. Laura M. Ryser & Greg Halseth, 2013. "So you're thinking about a retirement industry? Economic and community development lessons from resource towns in northern British Columbia," Community Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(1), pages 83-96, February.

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    population aging; geographic differences;

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    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination

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