The Determinants of Population Growth

Claudia Ghisetti, Marcos Alvarez-Diaz, Beatrice D`hombres, Nicola Pontarollo, Lewis Dijkstra

Research output: Working paper


This report studies population dynamics in Europe. Its purpose is threefold. First, the report offers a literature review of the main drivers of population growth. Second, an empirical analysis is carried out in order to unveil the determinants of population growth in EU sub-regions (NUTS3 level) over the period 2000-2010. Spatial econometrics is employed to account for spatial dependence among neighbouring regions. Third, the existing evidence on the long-run relationship between economic and population growth is discussed, followed by an empirical assessment of the relationship between these two aggregates in Europe over the period 1960-2010. Time-series econometric tools are used for this analysis. The main findings of both the litterature reviews and empirical analyses are discussed, along with their implications and future extensions.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPublication Office of the European Union
Number of pages114
ISBN (Print)978-92-79-93404-9
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • population growth

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