Simulation Approach to Forecasting Population Ageing on Regional Level

  • Jacek ZabawaEmail author
  • Bożena Mielczarek
  • Maria Hajłasz
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 657)


The paper discusses the simulation model that uses system dynamics method to study the demographic changes forecasted for the population, based on the aging chain approach. The goal of the study was to elaborate the method to overcome the drainage problem that manifests itself in the smaller number of individuals belonging to the simulated cohorts, as compared to the real population data. The solution for the drainage problem is presented. We propose the original modelling methodology that assumes the coexistence of main and elementary population cohorts. The simulation model was verified based on the historical data for Wrocław Region population and the results of the experiments prove the high degree of compatibility of the simulated age and gender related characteristics with the empirical data, which entitles us to formulate the perspectives of using this approach in the next stages of our research.


Simulation System dynamics Ageing chain Population 



This project was financed by the grant Simulation modeling of the demand for healthcare services from the National Science Centre, Poland, and was awarded based on the decision 2015/17/B/HS4/00306.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacek Zabawa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bożena Mielczarek
    • 1
  • Maria Hajłasz
    • 1
  1. 1.Wrocław University of Science and TechnologyWrocławPoland

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