Brief Review of World Demographic Trends Summary
44 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2012 Last revised: 10 Sep 2013
Date Written: June 10, 2012
From 1950 to 2010, the distribution of world population changed significantly. The largest change was that Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean increased from 17.3% to 25% of the world population while Northern America and Europe declined from 22.7% to 12.4%. Asia changed little, only increasing from 60% of world population to 63% (Charts 1 and 2). This report presents a brief summary of the major causes for the changes.
Keywords: demography, population
JEL Classification: J11
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