publication . Article . 2003

Policy Implications of the Next World Demographic Transition

Sarah F. Harbison; Warren C. Robinson;
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  • Published: 15 Dec 2003
Abstract
Although the world demographic transition from high to low fertility appears to be nearing its completion, observed in perspective, this is the latest in a series of such transitions stretching back into prehistory. A stable new equilibrium is far from inevitable; indeed, it is unlikely. Many countries are experiencing below-replacement-level fertility, and this trend is spreading. Couples are now able to choose their family size, free of the traditional pressures to bear children that was characteristic of most traditional societies. In fact, most societal pressures for the last generation have been distinctly antinatalist, in response to the enormous attention...
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free text keywords: Social Sciences (miscellaneous), Demography, Population growth, World population, Economics, Demographic momentum, Fertility, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Demographic transition, Development economics, Population control, Population, education.field_of_study, education, Family planning policy, Economic growth
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