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World population: The sum of us


Sam Roggeveen


10 June 2011 17:14

The UN released a new set of world population projections last month. Mark Thirlwell assess the implications of our 'demographic transition' in his latest International Economy Comment:

Understanding the future of the world economy requires understanding the ongoing consequences of the demographic transition. Several elements look to be particularly important: (1) that we are now in the final century of the transition, implying (2) that world population growth will slow, but also that (3) demographic momentum means that the world may still add another three billion people to the global population before the end of the century; (4) that the world’s population will become increasingly older; and (5) that different countries are still at quite different stages in the transition process and as a result are facing very different demographic futures over the coming decades...

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