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Type Book Section - Pakistan’s Population Prospects, 2010–2030: A Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Title Population Dynamics in Muslim Countries
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2012
Page numbers 79-95
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg
URL http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-27881-5_6
This chapter discusses alternative population projections for Pakistan for the next 20 years and analyzes fertility trends, the main driver of future population growth. The next section explores the important anticipated changes in age structure and in the size and composition of the labour force over the next two decades. The future prospects of prospering as a result of this expansion in the labour force depends on several internal and external factors, but the creation of a huge number of additional jobs is a stark reality that has to be faced in any economic forecasting. In the final section, the paper offers some suggestions for public policy to enable the country to benefit from a period of favourable age structure and declining dependency ratios mainly through expediting the fertility decline and utilizing the positive potential outcomes of raising employment rates for youth and women.

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