On various occasions demographers have referred to some kind of homeostatic process which may govern human reproduction. This page will contain a collection of descriptions and links which may prove helpful in assesing such arguments.


The term Homeostasis refers to a property sometimes exhibited by  an open system, and in particular  living organisms, to regulate its internal environment to maintain a stable,  constant condition, by means of multiple dynamic equilibrium adjustments, controlled by interrelated regulation mechanisms. The term was coined in 1932 by Walter Cannon from the Greek homo (same, like) and stasis (to stand, posture).