20234 - POPULATION DYNAMICS AND ECONOMICS
CLMG - M - IM - MM - AFC - CLEFIN-FINANCE - CLELI - ACME - DES-ESS - EMIT - GIO
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
The course is divided into four themes - all central in demography and population dynamics.
For each theme, we introduce key measurements and methods, show recent converging/differential geographical trends, give an overview of how social scientists have approached the theme over recent years - for then to present cutting edge and up to date research issues. For each of these themes we provide data sources and ideas for writing your assignment. All topics are introduced within an interdisciplinary approach drawing from demography, economics, social policy, sociology, and other social and biological sciences.
The themes are:
1.One billion shades of grey: Population structure and demographic processes
2.Family change: Women's (incomplete) revolution and gender equality
3.From boom to bust: International perspectives on fertility
4.The saga of human longevity: Life expectancy, health and inequality
Part 1: One billion shades of grey: Population structure and demographic processes.
- Basic concepts and measures of population structure
- Births, migration and deaths in historical and current perspective (the demographic transition)
- Population pyramids and population projections
Part 2: From boom to bust: International perspectives on fertility.
- Measurements (TFR, period fertility, cohort fertility, age specific fertility rates)
- Postponement and tempo effects
- Fertility in the developing world
- Fertility boom, implosion - and reversal in trends
- Geo-political drivers and consequences of fertility trends
Part 3: Family change - women's revolution and gender equality.
- Around fertility: family formation and dissolution
- The "second demographic" transition
- The Institutional and cultural foundation of demographic change
- Secularization, globalization and new demographic trends
- Education: attitudes, cultural values and social norms
- The life table, differential life table patterns and measure of life expectancy
- The frontiers of survival - contemporary debates on current trends
- Measuring health conditions in developed and developing countries.
- Using demographic tools to understand health and well-being
- Population health under globalization, increasing inequality and substantive convergence
- B.A. ANDERSON, World population dynamics. An introduction to Demography, 2015 (selected chapters only).
- H.P. BLOSSFELD, G. ROHWER, K. GOLSCH, Event History Analysis with Stata, Mahwah, NJ, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007 (selected chapters only).
- Papers to be specified in the detailed syllabus.