UP504 • Demography

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Dates: March 17, 19

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We spend two sessions examining the basic concepts and tools of demographic analysis, including: population estimates, cohort survival, matrix algebra, use of life tables.



Downloadable resources

CDC life tablesUS Life Table, 2004 (pdf) (NOTE: methodology explained on pp. 37-39)

pop growth excel file

revised (2008) cohort survival example (pdf file)

cohort survival excel example using matrix algebra

ppt presentation on demography (March 17, 2008) [large file!]


Myers, Dowell and Lee Menifee . "Population Analysis," in The Practice of Local Government Planning, 3rd edition, edited by Charles J. Hoch, Linda C. Dalton and Frank S. So International City/County Management Association, 2000, pp. 61-86. [electronic reserves]
CDC life tables -- read the most recent report
Dowell Myers, "Demographic Dynamism and Metropolitan Change: Comparing Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC, Housing Policy Debate, 10 (4, 1999): 919-54. PDF file
U.S. Census, "Methodology and Assumptions for the Population Projections of the United States: 1999 to 2100"
U.S. Census, "State Household and Housing Unit Estimation Methodology: 1990-1998"

see also:
Myers, Dowell . 1992. Analysis with Local Census Data. Boston: Academic Press. (in library)
Internet Resources for Demographers (Princeton University OPR)
see also this fascinating site: "6 billion Human Beings:  An exhibit from the Musèe de l'Homme", Musèum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris). [an entertaining site]
CDC (National Center for Health Statistics) Life Tables
Tim Chapin (FSU): Demographic Methods & Cohort Component Technique
Regional Plan Association, “America 2050: A Prospectus,” New York: September 2006.

other resources
graph of US migration
, and US Census state projections
U.S. population pyramids
US Census: International Data Base; including international age pyramids
US Census: World Population Profile 1998
graph: the growing size of the American home
Population Council
Population Studies Center (U. Michigan) and its library & links to online databases
Population Association of America (PAA)
UN World Population Prospects Population Database
National Academy Press, Beyond Six Billion: Forecasting the World's Population (2002)
Frank Hobbs and Nicole Stoops. Demographic Trends in the 20th Century. U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000 Special Reports, Series CENSR-4 November 2002. [very large pdf file -- 34M]
Population Reference Bureau: publicationsPopulation Handbook (useful guide to basic demographic terms and methods) • glossary of demographic terms
World Health Organization (WHO): Life Tables for WHO Member States


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