Population and Economic Development (NMD2I3)

  • Level of study master academic studies
  • Teacher: Ph.D. Vera Gligorijević
  • Subject status: elective
  • ECTS: 8
  • Semester: II
  • Number of classes: 4

This course is designed to help students understand the key theories, regional patterns, and contemporary debates about the economic causes and consequences of population change.Using examples from history and the present, from the Serbia, EU and around the world, this course aims to provide students with an understanding of a wide range of population issues.

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with sciences principles and have the students apply those principles to understand the economic and labor market impacts of demographic changes, the economic factors that influence fertility, migration, health and mortality, the economic challenges of aging populations, the effects of population growth, and marriage markets.

Recent and historical trends in demographic and economic variables. Population growth and development. Alternative views of population growth and development. Empirical assessments of population growth and development. Reproduction labour force. Population age distribution and their consequences. Cohort study participation rate. Retirement trends and causes, ageing and public expenditure, and pension issues. Population equilibrium, welfare and poverty. Demographic dividend. Microeconomic analysis of household behaviour. Marriage, divorce and household structure. Change economic roles and the family. Economic determinants of fertility and mortality.Economic determinants and consequences of internal and international migration.Impact of education on population projections.

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