Age distribution
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1. Terminology

Age distribution indicates the composition of a population according to age or the relationship of individual age groups to one another. It is the product of the complex interplay of several demographic factors, especially Fertility (which influences the proportion of infants and small children and, over the long term, also the proportion of higher age groups), age-specific mortality and life expectancy (which ref…

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Ehmer, Josef, “Age distribution”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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