The impact of policies influencing the demography of age-structured populations: lessons from academies of sciences

Fernando Riosmena, Maria Winkler-Dworak, Alexia Prskawetz, Gustav Feichtinger

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In this paper, we assess the role of policies aimed at regulating the number and age structure of elections on the size and age structure of five European Academies of Sciences. We show the recent pace of ageing and the degree of variation in policies across them and discuss the implications of different policies on the size and age structure of academies. We also illustrate the potential effect of different election regimes (regimens? types?) (fixed vs. linked) and age structures of elections (younger vs. older) by contrasting the steady-state dynamics of different projections of Full Members in each academy into 2070 and measuring the size and age-compositional effect of changing a given policy relative to a status quo policy scenario. Our findings suggest that academies with linked intake (i.e., where the size of the academy below a certain age is fixed and the number of elections is set to the number of members becoming that age) may be a more efficient approach to curb growth without suffering any aging trade-offs relative to the faster growth of academies electing a fixed number of members per year. We further discuss the implications of our results in the context of stable populations open to migration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-52
JournalGENUS - Journal of Polulation Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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