Age structure as a measure of need in local populations: An analysis of Israeli data

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Abstract

The rational implementation of any social policy requires an effective method of monitoring standards of living and of evaluating change. The known relationship between social conditions and population processes, the reflection of these processes in the age structure of the population, and the availability of demographic data make age structure an accessible indicator of the physical quality of life in a population. Using census data for 149 Israeli urban locations with a population of 2,000 or more, the author shows that a single global age-structure variable, skewness of age distribution, is able to reproduce faithfully a 16-variable socioeconomic index on the basis of census data. Because demographic indicators such as age distribution are available for intercensal years, they can show how various populations' standards of living are evolving and can thus form the basis of planning for both public and private sectors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-23
Number of pages8
JournalSocial Work Research and Abstracts
Volume27
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1991

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