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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 reflect the effect of disease and mortality risks in individual age gr…

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Ehmer, Josef, “Age distribution”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016762>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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