Samuel J Clark
Basic measures and models used in demographic research. Sources and quality of demographic data. Rate construction, standardization, the life table, stable population models, migration models, population estimation and projection, measures of concentration and dispersion, measures of family formation and dissolution.
This course introduces the basic concepts and measures employed by demographers. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the basic structure and dynamics of a population and to familiarize them with commonly used measures and analytical tools. Human populations will be emphasized while most of the material presented will apply equally well to other types of populations. Upon completing the course students should be able to use the basic tools of demographic analysis and be able to read demographic literature.
Student learning goals
Learn standard, basic demographic methods and develop an understanding of population structure and dynamics.
Gain a feeling for 'typical' levels of key demographic indicators.
Become familiar with some advanced features of MS Excel that are useful for demographic methods.
Gain an introductory understanding of survival analysis and learn basic survival analysis techniques in Stata.
General method of instruction
* Lecture * Seminar * In-class demonstrations
Class assignments and grading
* Weekly reading * Weekly homework assignment * No exams
The final grade will be a weighted average of the homework assignments and participation.