Gerda Neyer, Gunnar Andersson, Hill Kulu, Laura Bernardi, and Christoph Bühler (eds.): The Demography of Europe
This edited volume is an extremely useful book with two powerful strengths. It has rich information on trends in fertility, mortality, and age structure for many parts of Europe and it provides major contributions to demographic theory on fertility, on life course changes for both the youngest and oldest adults, and even on migration. This collection began as a conference in honor of the retirement of Jan Hoem as Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research; it is a tribute to his impact on demography, in Europe and across the world.
The coverage of European demography is, of course, uneven. There is nothing on European migration or immigration, despite the importance of the movement of people into and around the continent. However, David Lindstrom’s paper is a potential contribution for those interested in European migration. Using data on the occupational mobility of migrants returning from the United States to Mexico, he shows that few were able to convert their...
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