Public policies and demographic change

This course introduces students to core demographic theories, measures and methods. Students will learn to calculate and interpret demographic indicators such as the fertility rate, the mortality rate and measures that can be derived from divorce and migration statistics. They will be introduced to demographic theories, concepts and themes, such as fertility decline, intergenerational relationships, elderly care, aging, mortality, and mass migration. Some of the policy-relevant questions we are going to discuss in this course are, for example: Do governments need to take action to increase the birth rate? Should the pension age be increased in response to population aging? Is population decline a challenge for national governments?

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.