Population Aging in the Koreas

  • Dudley L. Poston
  • Mary Ann Davis
Part of the International Handbooks of Population book series (IHOP, volume 1)

Auguste Comte, the French mathematician, philosopher and the founder of sociology, is believed to be the first person to write that, “Demography is destiny”. Although Comte focused mainly on the effects on the society of increases and decreases in fertility, the general phrase means that population numbers and the changing composition of their members have important and lasting impacts. Demography is destiny precisely because once the demographic shifts and changes have occurred, the future is set. Based on the demographic events that have occurred, astute observers are able to figure out what will happen in the future, or at least what might happen in the future, before the events of the future actually occur.


Total Fertility Rate Elderly Parent Dependency Ratio Pension Reform Marriage Migration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dudley L. Poston
    • 1
  • Mary Ann Davis
    • 2
  1. 1.Sociology DepartmentTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.Sam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

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