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Overview

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: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 Demographic Models and Branching Processes 13
3 Age-Specific Population Models: Steady States and Comparative Statics 24
4 Income-Specific Population Models: Steady States and Comparative Dynamics 32
5 Lineage Extinction and Inheritance Patterns 46
6 Sex Preferences and Two-Sex Models 59
7 Cyclical Patterns of Human Population: Summary of Previous Research 75
8 Attitude-Specific Population Models: Dynamic Custom Evolution 88
9 Occupation-Specific Population Models: Population and Dynastic Cycles 99
10 Easterlin Cycles: Fertility and the Labor Market 116
11 Demographic Transition and Economic Development 131
12 Age-Distribution Dynamics During Demographic Transitions 148
13 Population Size and Early Development 167
14 Population Dynamics in the Very Long Run 181
15 Epilogue 195
Notes 199
References 205
Index 221
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