History | G591 0359 Methods of Population Analysis 2:30-3:45P TR BH235 Alter
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This is a course about methods of measuring and projecting population
dynamics.  We focus on describing the three basic demographic processes
(mortality, fertility, and migration) and showing how each one affects
population size and age structure.  An understanding of these basic
processes is fundamental for studying behavioral aspects of population
change.
Although these methods were designed for use in population research, they
have many applications in other types of social research.  For example,
standardization, which separates the effects of composition (e.g. age
structure) from other sources of change, can be profitably applied to most
social statistics.  Demographic methods also deal with fundamental issues
regarding the measurement of change over time.  In recent years, researchers
in various social science disciplines have begun to rely much more heavily
on data sources and statistical methods that involve time, such as panel
studies, longitudinal surveys, and event history analysis.  These sources
have many advantages over cross-sectional studies, but the additional
dimension of time requires can result in problems of sample selection and
bias.  Principles of demographic analysis, such as the life table, help one
to understand these processes and better utilize these new techniques.