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Political dimensions of demographic change: an address
The title of this conference, "Seismic Shifts: The Economic Impact of Demographic Change," might suggest that economic "earthquakes" lie ahead, but while the metaphor is geological, I do not think it was intended to be catastrophically geological. In fact, it is quite appropriate to visualize the demographic trends that we see under way as a kind of "human tectonics"... Of course, geological time spans centuries, millennia, millions of years. By these standards, demographic change that takes place over decades is quite rapid. Yet, by the standards of economic change, demographic ...