Cover: Current Demographic Trends and Federal Policy

Current Demographic Trends and Federal Policy

An Overview

Published 1983

by Peter A. Morrison


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Demographic change continually reshapes the nation's political agenda, creating constituencies for new legislation and altering consequences of existing laws. This Note considers several key demographic trends and what they may imply for legislation: the population's reconfiguration into smaller household units, particularly one-parent families and persons living alone; changes in the population's age composition; the shift of married women into paid employment; the changing geographic locations of growth and decline; and the concentration of illegal immigrants in a few jurisdictions. Selected policy implications of these demographic shifts are discussed with reference to employment, health care, education, welfare and social services, and housing.

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