You may already know this, because I am a week late with the news, but the Population Reference Bureau's 2014 World Population Data Sheet is now available at their website. The PRB has been around since 1929, which means that it has been a presence in the lives of several generations of demographers. I have required my students to have a copy of the current World Population Data Sheet since I first began teaching in 1971--hard copies back in the day, and downloaded PDF files these days. It's like your American Express card--you shouldn't leave home without it. Once upon a time it was the only real source of compiled data for all countries of the world. These days the United Nations also has rich online resources, but the PRB has added increasingly sophisticated analyses and interactive data over the years. It is still an amazingly valuable resource.
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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