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From an examination of post-World War II events, this report distills a specific scenario of how demographic and economic phenomena may evolve over the next several decades. The authors focus on birthrates, population redistribution, documented and undocumented immigration, wages and unemployment, women's labor market participation, and retirement ages. The changes likely to occur in these areas will present private and public decisionmakers in the United States with important challenges. The authors discuss these challenges for education, health care, Social Security, and military preparedness.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

This research in the public interest was supported by RAND, using discretionary funds made possible by the generosity of RAND's donors, the fees earned on client-funded research, and independent research and development (IR&D) funds provided by the Department of Defense.

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