Tag Archives: demography

Mind the gap: the compass of foregone fertility in Europe

“You can’t always get what you want” sang Mick Jagger in 1969. Four decades and a whole fertility transition later, European women wishing to form a family are well aware of the meaning of these lyrics. Over these four decades, desired family size has not changed much, with a predominant preference for two children, while […]

Inferring population-level effects from individual-level effect estimates: G-computation

The fields of epidemiology and demography are closely aligned. Even demographers interested in fertility or migration, not just mortality, can learn a great deal from epidemiology. As a recent study has argued, epidemiology is currently undergoing a methodological revolution, and this is likely to affect demography as well. The epidemiological revolution is, in fact, a […]

Conference News: “Comparing families: does international perspective help?”

This overview has been prepared together with Anna Rybińska, one of the organising committee members of the conference “Comparing families: does international perspective help?”. How to compare families across countries? What such comparisons add to country-specific studies? Has using cross-country comparisons brought us closer to understanding family-related behaviours? Aiming to answer these questions, members of […]

Demography-related blogs

There has been a rise in the number of demography-related blogs during recent years. In addition to individual researchers’ blogs, such as Weeks Population, by Hein de Haas or by Pablo Mateos, there are several nice collaborations: Demography Matters – is probably one of the first demography blogs that was started. They have a nice […]

Singaporean Case Study

The biggest population-related headline of the last couple of weeks has been Singapore. Singapore has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world – 1,29 in 2012, according to the country’s official statistics. The reasons for low fertility and implications of government measures have been reflected in the demography.matters blog, in the Diplomat as […]

Demography and epidemiology: past and future directions

Epidemiology and demography are often so close that it can be difficult to distinguish one from the other. Is it necessary to train health demographers when epidemiologists could just as well do the job? Could researchers from either field learn something from each other? As my first post for Demotrends, I thought I’d share some […]

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