The long-term effect of the timing of fertility decline on population size

O'Neill BC, Scherbov S, & Lutz W (1999). The long-term effect of the timing of fertility decline on population size. Population and Development Review 25 (4): 749-756. DOI:10.1111/j.1728-4457.1999.00749.x.

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Abstract

Existing long-range population projections imply that the timing of the fertility transition has a relatively unimportant effect on long-term population size when compared with the impact of the level at which fertility is assumed eventually to stabilize. However, this note shows that the effect of the timing of fertility decline is a function of the eventual fertility rate: the lower the eventual fertility rate, the greater the effect of the timing of the transition becomes. This finding has important implications for projection methodology, as well as for policies related to the consequences of long-term levels of population size.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Bibliographic Reference: Population and Development Review; 25(4):749-756 (December 1999)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:10
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 16:56
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/5737

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