This course introduces students to core demographic theories, data, measures and methods. Students will learn where to locate high-quality demographic data. We will calculate and interpret demographic indicators such as the fertility rate, the mortality rate and measures that can be derived from divorce and migration statistics. Students will be introduced to demographic theories, concepts and themes, such as the life table, the Lexis diagram, the concepts of the compression of morbidity, healthy life expectancy, etc. Beyond methods and data, the course offers a platform for discussing policy-relevant questions in the field of demographic change: Do governments need to take action to increase the birth rate? Should the voting age be lowered to respond to demographic aging? Is population decline a challenge for national governments? Should we worry about a further increase in world population?
This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.