Population Dynamics

The Population Dynamics school of thought believes that the longwave is caused by fluctuations in the rate of growth of the population. This uneven rate of growth in population is directly reflected both in the rate of growth of the workforce and in the rate of growth of church membership. It should be noted that the statistics shown here is church membership and not church attendance, the difference being that church membership is recorded once on becoming a member of a church, while church attendance is recorded weekly and may vary more substantially, depending on many factors. Both diagrams show very similar graphs, except that the turning points in church membership occur earlier than in labour statistics. The reason being that church membership begins at the age of 13, while entry into the workforce occur a little later in life.

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