Demographic trends in Germany and their economic implications

Scholz, R. D., Schröder, C.

Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften/Schmollers Jahrbuch, 132:2, 151-174 (2012)


Schlagworte: Germany, demographic indicators, time series


The present paper explores demographic trends in Germany, as well as the determinants of these trends, and the economic implications of these demographic changes for the country. A detailed spatial analysis reveals substantial differences in the speed and intensity of the processes of population aging and population decline across the German regions. The results indicate that these processes are particularly pronounced in the state of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania. As a new contribution to the literature, our analysis also sheds light on regional gender imbalances.