This blog is intended to go along with Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues, by John R. Weeks, published by Cengage Learning. The latest edition is the 12th (it came out in 2015), but this blog is meant to complement any edition of the book by showing the way in which demographic issues are regularly in the news.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Even More Population Resources

My general goal is to provide a daily link to news items related to demographic trends and processes in the world, keeping in mind that almost everything is connected to demography in some way or another. In fact, there are many more things going on every day than I can keep track of. That is why it is valuable that my colleague here at San Diego State University, Shoshana Grossbard of our Economics Department, has a Facebook page to which she regularly posts items of demographic interest. Today, for example, she noted that:
from 2007 through 2009 marriages between Emiratis & foreigners rose 10% while the number of marriages between two Emiratis dipped 2%. cause seems to be that brideprice required to marry Emirati women is about 4 times higher. http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/more-emiratis-are-marrying-foreigners-to-save-money.
Who would have guessed? Even if the prime motivation might be economic, this will almost certainly change the sociodemographics of the Emirates down the road.

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