Debate on the future of the discipline

Demography, present and future

Jan M. Hoem  By the same author

Resume

There is an interesting tension between optimism and pessimism in the considerations in the original essay. I find myself largely in agreement with the author’s sentiments, but on a number of items I have a more muted attitude or a different diagnosis. In what follows I concentrate on three main issues that have struck me as I read the text.

1Understanding