Population Dynamics: A New Economic Approach / Edition 1

Population Dynamics: A New Economic Approach / Edition 1

by C. Y. Cyrus Chu
     
 

Population Dynamics fills the gap between the classical supply-side population theory of Malthus and the modern demand-side theory of economic demography. In doing so, author Cyrus Chu investigates specifically the dynamic macro implications of various static micro family economic decisions. Holding the characteristic composition of the macro population to always

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Population Dynamics fills the gap between the classical supply-side population theory of Malthus and the modern demand-side theory of economic demography. In doing so, author Cyrus Chu investigates specifically the dynamic macro implications of various static micro family economic decisions. Holding the characteristic composition of the macro population to always be an aggregate result of some corresponding individual micro decision, Chu extends his research on the fertility-related decisions of families to an analysis of other economic determinations. Within this framework, Chu studies the income distribution, attitude composition, job structure, and aggregate savings and pensions of the population. While in some cases a micro-macro connection is easily established under regular behavioral assumptions, in several chapters Chu enlists the mathematical tool of branching processes to determine the connection. Offering a wealth of detail, this book provides a balanced discussion of background motivation, theoretical characterization, and empirical evidence in an effort to bring about a renewal in the economic approach to population dynamics.

This welcome addition to the research and theory of economic demography will interest professional economists as well as professors and graduate students of economics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195121582
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1460L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

1Introduction3
2Demographic Models and Branching Processes13
3Age-Specific Population Models: Steady States and Comparative Statics24
4Income-Specific Population Models: Steady States and Comparative Dynamics32
5Lineage Extinction and Inheritance Patterns46
6Sex Preferences and Two-Sex Models59
7Cyclical Patterns of Human Population: Summary of Previous Research75
8Attitude-Specific Population Models: Dynamic Custom Evolution88
9Occupation-Specific Population Models: Population and Dynastic Cycles99
10Easterlin Cycles: Fertility and the Labor Market116
11Demographic Transition and Economic Development131
12Age-Distribution Dynamics During Demographic Transitions148
13Population Size and Early Development167
14Population Dynamics in the Very Long Run181
15Epilogue195
Notes199
References205
Index221

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