Ph.D. in Policy Analysis
Pardee RAND Graduate School
RAND Corporation

(2016 Spring) Introduction to Demography

Instructor information
Ernesto F. L. Amaral
Office location: m5152
Office hours: by appointment
Email: eamaral@rand.org

Course information
Meeting place: Wolf Conference Room (m1402)
Meeting time: Tuesday 1–4pm

Syllabus

Final assignment

Class 01 – March 29, 2016:
Introduction

Slides
Policy readings

Question
Extra readings for question

Examples of age-sex structure and other indicators

Extra readings

Joel Cohen: An Introduction to Demography (Malthus Miffed: Are People the Problem?)


The Population Bomb? – by Retro Project – The New York Times


Break It Down – The Pop Song – Population Reference Bureau (PRB)

Class 02 – April 5, 2016:
Periods and cohorts

Slides

Person-years, rates, probabilities

Lexis diagram and other packages in R

Mortality
Slides
Policy readings

Question
Extra readings for question

Example of standardization
Example of life table

MortPak – The United Nations Software Package for Mortality Measurement
Site

Extra readings

Class 03 – April 12, 2016:
Fertility

Slides
Policy readings

Question
Extra readings for question

Example of fertility rates

Extra readings

Class 04 – April 19, 2016:
Migration

Slides
Policy readings

Question
Extra readings for question

TableCurve 2D – Automated Curve Fitting Analysis
Site

Examples of modeling migration rates
TableCurve2D by Prof. James Raymer
SPSS
Excel

Extra readings

Class 05 – April 26, 2016:
Age transition and projection

Slides
Policy readings

Question
Extra readings for question

Demographic Analysis and Population Projection System (DAPPS)
U.S. Census Bureau
Site

PADIS-INT – A web-based population projection software
China Population and Development Research Center (CPDRC)
Site
1980–2010 Brazilian data in PADIS-INT format

Extra readings

Extra Resources:

Population: A lively introduction
Joseph A. McFalls – Population Reference Bureau (PRB)
Site

Population
Science special issue
Site
Material

Demography: Forecasting mortality, fertility, migration and population data
Rob J. Hyndman – Monash University, Australia
R package
Site

Applied Demography Toolbox
Department of Demography
University of California Berkeley
Site

United Nations Manuals
Techniques for Demographic Estimation
Material

Population Division
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations
Site

Population.io
The World Population Project
Site

Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact-based worldview
Site

World Bank Data
Site
Beta site

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS)
Minnesota Population Center (MPC)
University of Minnesota
Site

Population Reference Bureau (PRB)
Site

PRB DataFinder
Site

Population and Poverty Research Network (PopPov)
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Population Reference Bureau (PRB)
Site

American Life Panel
RAND Corporation
Site

Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan
Site

U.S. Census Bureau
Site

American Community Survey (ACS)
U.S. Census Bureau
Site

American FactFinder
U.S. Census Bureau
Site

Current Population Survey (CPS)
U.S. Census Bureau
Site

Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
U.S. Census Bureau
Site

National Vital Statistics System
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Site

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
Data Visualizations
Site

The Human Mortality Database
Site

Latin American Human Mortality Database
Site

The Human Fertility Database
Site

Human Fertility Collection
Site

European Fertility Project
Office of Population Research (OPR)
Princeton University
Site

Pew Research Center Data
Site

Brookings Institute
Site

World Migration Map
Site

Foreign-Born Population: A Nation of Overlapping Diasporas
Digital Scholarship Lab
University of Richmond
Site

Internal Migration Around the GlobE (IMAGE)
School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management
The University of Queensland Australia
Site

Mexican Migration Project (MPP)
Princeton University & University of Guadalajara
Site

Mexican Family Life Survey (MxFLS)
Iberoamerican University (UIA)
Center fo Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE)
Duke University
Site

The New Immigrant Survey
Princeton University
Site