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Demography

In this subdiscipline: 4,357 papers

Discipline summary

Demography is the study of (generally human) populations. It tends to be highly quantitative and originally it was concerned with how individuals enter and leave populations: fertility, mortality, and migration. However the field has expanded and now encompasses a growing diversity of substantive and methodological interests.

Popular papers

  1. Imagine each family as a kind of little factory--a multiperson unit producing meals, health, skills, children, and self-esteem from market goods and the time, skills, and knowledge of its members. This is only one of the remarkable concepts explored…
  2. Demographers have known since the 1940s that standard measures of period fertility, such as the widely used total fertility rate, are distorted by changes in the timing of childbearing. Period fertility rates are depressed during years in which…
  3. This article discusses how fertility relates to social status with the use of a new dataset, several times larger than the ones used so far. The status-fertility relation is investigated over several centuries, across world regions and by the type…

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