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Population: An Introduction to Demography

Understanding population trends is essential in tackling many of the world’s greatest challenges, among them hunger and malnutrition, poverty, climate change, and disease, including the coronavirus pandemic. Population data are a vital tool for policymakers, business leaders, scientists, and others seeking to make informed decisions on important issues.

This Population Bulletin, “Population: An Introduction to Demography,” provides a basic understanding of demography and demographic processes, including fertility, mortality, and migration, and their effects on the world. First published in 1991 as “Population: A Lively Introduction,” this newly revised edition gives readers a greater understanding of why today’s population trends matter—not just to researchers and academics but to all of us.


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