Variances of Population Projections: Comparison of Two Approaches

Bauer D, Feichtinger G, Lutz W, & Sanderson WC (1999). Variances of Population Projections: Comparison of Two Approaches. IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-99-063

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Abstract

There has been a recent upsurge of interest in probabilistic population projections. Two methods have been suggested in the literature for forecasting the inputs into those projections: (1) a random lines (RL) approach, and (2) a simple autoregressive approach (AR(1)). The purpose of this paper is to study analytically the differences produced by the two methods. We do this in the context of a model of variability in population growth rates. Two cases are considered: One where there is no population age structure and one where there is one. In both, we find that the variance using the AR(1) approach is initially smaller than that of the RL approach, but that over time the variance using the RL approach grows more rapidly leading to an instant of time when the variances are equal.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Interim Report)
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:11
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 19:04
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/5884

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