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Methods of Demographic Analysis

Yusuf, Farhat, Martins, Jo. M., Swanson, David A.

2014, XXX, 310 p. 54 illus.

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  • Explains concepts and methods of analysis in a succinct and easy to understand manner
  • Focuses on data and methods useful in  a variety of population situations
  • Emphasis on conceptual and practical rather than theoretical and mathematical aspects of Demography

This book provides an up-to-date overview of demographic analysis and methods, including recent developments in demography. Concepts and methods, from the nature of demographic information through data collection and the basics of statistical measures and on to demographic analysis itself are succinctly explained. Measures and analyses of fertility, mortality, life tables, migration and demographic events such as marriage, education and labour force are described while later chapters cover multiple decrement tables, population projections, the importance of testing and smoothing demographic data, the stable population model and demographic software.


An emphasis on practical aspects and the use of real-life examples based on data from around the globe make this book accessible, whilst comprehensive references and links to data and other resources on the internet help readers to explore further.


The text is concise and well written, making it ideally suited to a wider audience from students to academics and teachers. Students of demography, geography, sociology, economics, as well as professionals, academics and students of marketing, human resource management, and public health who have an interest in population issues will all find this book useful.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Births, fertility and fecundity - Calculations using real-life examples - Census - Components of population change - Contemporary real-world data - Data and resource material on the internet - Data collection models - Deaths, mortality and life expactancy - Demographic information - Demographic software - Demographic stocks and flows - Demography and demographic analysis - Developments in demographic methods - IUSSP Tools for demographic analysis - Longevity and life tables - Longitudinal/cohort analysis - Population density and distribution - Population growth rates - Population registers - Population studies - Sex and gender - Statistical measures

Related subjects » Population Economics - Population Studies - Social Sciences & Law

Table of contents 

Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: Demographic Information.- Chapter 3: Some Basic Statistical Measures.- Chapter 4: Elements of Demographic Analysis.- Chapter 5: Fertility.- Chapter 6: Mortality.- Chapter 7: Life Tables.- Chapter 8: Migration.- Chapter 9: Some Demographic Events and Characteristics Analysis.- Chapter 10: Multiple Decrement Tables.- Chapter 11: Population Projections.- Chapter 12: Testing the Quality and Smoothing of Demographic Data.- Chapter 13: The Stable Population Model.- Chapter 14: Demographic Software.

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