Population theory

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Population theory  (POPULATION theory)

Finally there is the study of population theories 1 (cf. 901). This term must not be confused with theoretical demography (102-3). Population theories are designed to explain or predict the interaction between changes in population and economic, social, psychological or other factors; they include purely conceptual treatments. Population theories occasionally form the basis of population policy 2, which deals with measures designed to influence population changes.

  • 1. The term population theory is sometimes used as a synonym for theoretical demography in the sense described in this paragraph,