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Demographic Change and Long-Run Development$
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Matteo Cervellati and Uwe Sunde

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036627

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036627.001.0001

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Conclusion and Outlook

Conclusion and Outlook

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(p.343) 12 Conclusion and Outlook
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Demographic Change and Long-Run Development
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Matteo Cervellati

Uwe Sunde

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036627.003.0012

This concluding chapter discusses this book's origins in the argument that the demographic transition is a key turning point for long-run development, not only in terms of a change in the regime of population dynamics toward low fertility and mortality, but also in the process of long-run economic development. The observed similarities in the transition process across space and time suggest that a better understanding of the reasons for such occurrences as the delay in the development of some countries might provide insights that are relevant beyond academic interest. The chapter argues that more interdisciplinary work between economists, demographers, and historians are needed to address the many facets that are covered only in passing, or not at all.

Keywords:   demographic transition, population dynamics, fertility, mortality, economic development, economists, demographers, historians

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