Popul Res Policy Rev (2006) 25:411–418 DOI 10.1007/s11113-006-9010-9 The challenges of demographics: introduction and overview Richard R. Verdugo Æ Richard R. Young Received: 11 March 2005 / Accepted: 24 April 2006 / Published online: 1 March 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007 Introduction Serendipity is a word with an interesting history. From what we currently know, serendipity ﬁrst appeared in the 16th century travelogue, ‘‘Peregri- naggio di tre giovani, ﬁgliuoli del re di Serendippo, tradatto dalla lingua persiana in lingua italiana de M. Christoforo Armeni.’’ It later appeared in a fairy tale, ‘‘Travels and Adventures of three Princess of Serendip.’’ In 1754, Horace Walpole provided the ﬁrst deﬁnition, which has been altered and reﬁned ever since. Though there is no clear-cut meaning to the term, there are a number of concepts that seem to capture its essence: discovery, chance, accident, and opportunity. The latter, I believe, is an appropriate explanation for the existence of the present collection of papers. On June 8, 2003, twenty-ﬁve Fulbright Scholars gathered in Berlin. For the next three weeks we would travel to Rostock, Warnemunde, Wiesbaden, and Frankfurt, and attend a series of lectures on a variety of social policy topics from immigration policy
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Published: Mar 1, 2007
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