Demographic Transition in Latin America, 1800-2050. Lecture, 7 June 2022

CCHS-CSIC and via Zoom

June 7, 2022


15.00-16.30 CEST

This lecture deals with the study of the demographic transition in Latin America from the 1800 to 2050. 

The perspective is comparative, and the main purpose is to show the peculiarities of the Latin American cases. From interpretative aspects in the field of mortality decline and the conquest of health to the change from natural fertility to family planning, underlining the success of the population control policies. We will present a long-term view of the migration process, from the European conquest to the present, and finally the aging process and its consequences, specially in relation with the present and the future of the welfare state. We will propose an interpretation of the demographic transition as a process of global historical change. 

Professor Héctor Pérez Brignoli

is Professor emeritus at the University of Costa Rica. He has been fellow at the Wilson Center (Washington DC), the Johm Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the Institute for Advances Studies (Universität Konstanz). Among his publications: La población de Costa Rica, 1750-2000. Una historia experimental (San José, Editorial CR, 2010); Historial Atlas of Central America (Norman, Oklahoma University Press, 2003), wiht Carolyn Hall; Breve Historia de Centroamérica (Madrid, Alianza Editorial, 1985,1989 and 2000); Infant and Child Mortality in the Past (edited by Alain Bideau, Bertrand Desjardins and Héctor Pérez Brignoli). International studies in Demography, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1997. Advisor and Researcher, Project of the Economic History of Latin America, Inter-American Development Bank/St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, 1996-97. Member of the Historial Demography Committee, IUSSP (1986-1996).