Population Council Journal

Population and Development Review

Population and Development Review seeks to advance knowledge of the relationships between population and social, economic, and environmental change and provides a forum for discussion of related issues of public policy. Population and Development Review is published quarterly.

The journal contains:

  • Articles on advances in theory and application, policy analysis, sociographic studies, and critical assessments of recent research
  • Notes and commentaries on current population questions and policy developments
  • Data and perspectives on new statistics and their interpretation
  • Archives with a resonance for current debate on population issues
  • Book reviews
  • Documents and official voices on population matters from around the world. 

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Article Abstracts

Re-theorizing family demographics
Authors: Gøsta Esping-Andersen, Francesco C. Billari. 2015

Internal migration and development: Comparing migration intensities around the world
Authors: Martin Bell, Elin Charles-Edwards, Philipp Ueffing, John Stillwell, Marek Kupiszewski, Dorota Kupiszewska. 2015

Slum definitions in urban India: Implications for the measurement of health inequalities
Authors: Laura B. Nolan. 2015

Childbearing within marriage and consensual union in Latin America, 1980–2010
Authors: Benoît Laplante, Teresa Castro Martin, Clara Cortina, Teresa Martín-García. 2015

Long-term contribution of immigration to population renewal in Canada: A simulation
Authors: Patrice Dion, Éric Caron-Malenfant, Chantal Grondin, Dominic Grenier. 2015

Competing demands from aging parents and adult children in two cohorts of American women
Authors: Emily E. Wiemers, Suzanne M. Bianchi. 2015

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Population and Public Policy: Essays in Honor of Paul Demeny

Geoffrey McNicoll, John Bongaarts, Ethel P. Churchill (eds.)
Publication date: 2012
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Paul Demeny, founding editor of Population and Development Review, retired following the publication of Volume 38 in 2012. This collection of essays on population and public policy marks the occasion and celebrates his scholarly career.

The opening essays in this supplement to Population and Development Review cover population renewal in affluent societies, the management of intergenerational relations throughout history, and the sustainability issues confronting the modern welfare state. Another set of contributions is concerned with the historical experience with low fertility; the puzzles that ultra-low fertility and natural population decrease pose for theorists of human behavior; the relationship between fertility decline and democratization; and the intractable problems for social policy in Japan created by ultra-low fertility and extreme population aging. Several essays examine the role of public policy in lowering high fertility; others offer novel insights on natural and human capital and technology.

A final group of essays concerns theory and data: social change modeled as a cohort succession process; the life expectancy–income relationship in cross-section and over time; the demographic transition among the elderly population as a delayed analogue of the familiar demographic transition; and the possible demise of the centuries-old instrument of data collection that is the population census.

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340 pp., $24.95

Demographic Transition and Its Consequences

Ronald D. Lee, David S. Reher (eds.)
Publication date: 2011
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While the determinants of demographic transition have been explored for more than half a century, far less attention has been given to the consequences of transition, aside from its immediate effect on population aging. Transition has major implications for family and kinship patterns, urbanization, public finance and the welfare state, and intergenerational relations. The chapters in this supplement explore aspects of the transitional and post-transition landscape from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. They cover both modern industrial societies and emerging economies, and take note of the circumstances of latecomers to the transition process.

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275 pp., $13.50

Population Aging, Human Capital Accumulation, and Productivity Growth

Alexia Prskawetz, David E. Bloom, Wolfgang Lutz (eds.)
Publication date: 2008
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This supplement to Population and Development Review covers the broad economic significance of global population aging, with chapters on the historical evidence of the effects of human capital accumulation; age variation in production and consumption; methods of population projection by educational attainment; and country case studies of age-productivity relationships (Austria, Japan, Sweden).

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326 pp., $25.00

The Political Economy of Global Population Change, 1950-2050

Paul Demeny, Geoffrey McNicoll (eds.)
Publication date: 2006
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The essays assembled in this supplement to Population and Development Review address the history of national and international political responses to high fertility and rapid population growth; the demographic dimensions of economic globalization and international factor mobility; policy implications of population-linked changes in the natural and built environment; and problems of managing international migration. Particular attention is given to the situations and perspectives of the two demographic giants (and emerging economic heavyweights), India and China; to Europe’s predicament in confronting low fertility and population decline in the face of rising immigration pressures; and to Africa’s situation, combining a heavy burden of disease, still-rapid population growth, and deep problems of governance. 

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288 pp., $21.00

Aging, Health, and Public Policy: Demographic and Economic Perspectives

Linda J. Waite (ed.)
Publication date: 2004
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In this supplement to Population and Development Review, distinguished social scientists bring a variety of disciplinary perspectives—economic, demographic, epidemiological—to bear on the subject of population aging, looking particularly to likely future trends and their economic consequences. Among the questions investigated: What can be said about the future course of longevity, given that research on both historical and contemporary populations belies the existence of a biologically fixed maximum for the human life span? To what extent do genetic factors contribute to the development of major chronic diseases of later life, such as Alzheimer’s? How can we unravel the strong positive association between socioeconomic status and health? (One striking finding: money does not buy health; education does—but through what channels?) What are the effects of increased longevity on the viability of publicly financed retirement and disability programs—and can we assign probabilities to such increases? The data drawn on come largely from elaborate longitudinal surveys such as the (US) Health and Retirement Study, the importance of which is thus underlined. Taken together, these chapters provide a portrait of a dynamic, vibrant, innovative program of research that lays the foundation for understanding population aging and the social and economic challenges it brings.

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265 pp., $21.00

Life Span: Evolutionary, Ecological, and Demographic Perspectives

James R. Carey, Shripad Tuljapurkar (eds.)
Publication date: 2003
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The human life span continues to increase even in already low-mortality populations—with major implications for societies and economies. Classical evolutionary theory accounts for survival only through the age of reproduction. A more elaborate theory, integrating biological and demographic perspectives, is required to explain these current trends in longevity and to gauge their future course. The papers collected in this supplement to Population and Development Review contribute to the development of such a theory. The authors are leading scientists from demography, evolutionary biology, and field ecology, equipped to draw insights not only from human populations but also from the comparative mortality patterns and environmental circumstances of many other species: mammals, birds, fish, and insects. The opening chapter presents an overview of the evolutionary and genetic bases of aging and senescence, within and between species, and of the additional role of social evolution. Subsequent chapters explore the selective forces that shape life span patterns in various species—not least, in fruit flies; present an economic optimization model of the evolution of life span; and analyze the surprising phenomenon of the apparent slowing of the rate of increase in human mortality with age at the oldest ages. A final chapter attempts a synthesis of the various approaches to explaining and predicting age patterns of mortality.

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293 pp., $18.00

Population and Environment: Methods of Analysis

Wolfgang Lutz, Alexia Prskawetz, Warren C. Sanderson (eds.)
Publication date: 2002
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The effects of the human population on the natural environment are of public concern and scientific interest, as are the effects of the natural environment on the human population. Together they are the subject of an expanding research effort: the emerging field of population–environment analysis. This supplement to Population and Development Review is the first attempt to systematically address methodological issues in population–environment analysis. Its contributors—demographers, other social scientists, and environmental scientists—describe and critically examine key concepts and analytical approaches, both in  theoretical terms and through examples and case studies. The population–environment systems discussed range from air pollution in urban localities to national-level problems of land cover and food security. The conclusions point toward needed advances in system modeling and interdisciplinary research.

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251 pp., $18.00