Picture of Shrinking Populations

Economic Consequences of Negative Population Growth

February 9, 2024, 12:00pm - 4:00pm

An in-person mini-conference sponsored by UC Berkeley Population Center (BPC) and the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA)

Speakers: Joshua Goldstein, Chad Jones, and Ronald Lee

Much scholarly, governmental, and general public attention is concerned about shrinking populations around the globe. This half-day BPC and CEDA-sponsored mini-conference will provide the opportunity for a lively discussion on the economic concerns or benefits of declining population size.

Questions to be explored include:

(1) What are the possible benefits of growing populations, and how would a shrinking population miss out on these benefits?

(2) How might population growth rates be fairly neutral for the economy as a whole?

The conference will conclude with a discussion around future research directions on this topic.

The target audience for this event is all UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students and Postdocs. It is not open to the public. Contact ceda@berkeley.edu for the registration information and link.