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stable population

  A population in which age-specific fertility and mortality are assumed to be constant and to and from which no migration takes place. The concept was first developed in a series of papers by Alfred Lotka (see, for example, Lotka, 1922) and is much used in demographic analysis. He showed how such a population tends towards a constant age distribution which increases at a constant rate. A stationary population, a special case of a stable population, is one where fertility and mortality are equal and the age distribution is the life table distribution. (PEO)

Reference Lotka, A. 1922: The stability of the normal age distribution. Proceedings National Academy of Sciences 8: 339-45.

Suggested Reading Woods, R.I. 1979: Population analysis in geography. London and New York: Longman, ch. 8.



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