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Demographic Methods and Concepts

Don Rowland

Publication Date - 29 May 2003

ISBN: 9780198752639

546 pages

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The methods most commonly needed to work with statistical materials on population at national, regional, and local levels.


Demographic Methods and Concepts presents the methods most commonly needed to work with statistical materials on population at national, regional, and local levels. Unlike other texts in the field, this book uses clear non-technical language throughout to make demographic techniques accessible to a diverse array of students, regardless of their background in mathematics. All the demographic techniques most relevant to the work of demographers, geographers, sociologists, and planners are covered. Demographic concepts and practical strategies important in the interpretation of population statistics are also included. The book is ideal for undergraduate courses in sociology, geography, economics, and statistics.


  • Provides techniques for analysis of population at regional, local, and national scales
  • Includes chapters on migration and applied demography
  • Integrates computer-based learning modules--the nature of demographic concepts and visual comparisons of demographic data--throughout the text
  • Employs spreadsheet exercises using demographic statistics at the end of every chapter to help students develop relevant skills

    Student CD-ROM--Packaged With Every Book
  • Fully integrated with the text, this CD-ROM contains Excel spreadsheet modules and applications facilitating demographic studies.

    Companion Website

  • Features

    • Accompanied by a free CD-ROM with Excel modules demonstrating concepts and facilitating population projections and other commonly-needed techniques
    • Clear, non-technical explanations of methods, with worked examples, enable students without a background in algebra, calculus or statistics to learn demographic methods
    • For interpreting demographic data and indices, the book includes concepts and strategies not covered by any other methods texts
    • Includes techniques for analysis of population at regional and local, as well as national, scales - of particular interest to geographers and planners but usually omitted from demographic texts
    • Includes chapters on migration and applied demography
    • The only text with fully integrated computer-based learning modules, providing visual demonstrations of the nature of demographic concepts and visual comparisons of demographic data
    • Spreadsheet exercises at the end of every chapter develop the relevant computer skills essential in working with demographic statistics

    About the Author(s)

    Don Rowland is a Reader in Population Studies at the Australian National University, where he teaches courses on demographic methods, population trends and social changes. He has published monographs, and numerous papers in academic journals and books, focussing on migration, the family, ageing, and national population changes. His research has included many studies undertaken for Australian and international organisations, including the Committee for International Cooperation in National Research in Demography (CICRED), the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) and the United Nations. Like many demographers, his research and teaching is undertaken in an interdisciplinary setting; interests in family sociology and social gerontology supplement his formal academic qualifications in geography and demography.


    "Are you looking for a demography text that is amusing, literate, and comprehensive? Do you want a CD with wonderfully constructed graphs that run the demographic transition through before your very eyes for the country of your choice; that let you build population pyramids; that project populations with different mortality, fertility, and migration assumptions; that illustrate the stages of epidemiologic transition and much more? If yes, your wishes can now be fulfilled."--Katherine Bates, People and Place, vol. 11, no. 3, 2003

    "So self-contained, so thorough, and so elementary (in the best sense of the term!) is the book that it induces a guilty pleasure on the part of this reader."--Herbert L. Smith, University of Pennsylvania

    Table of Contents

      Each chapter contains study resources including glossary of key terms, further reading, internet resources, exercises, and spreadsheet exercises
      Section 1. Population Dynamics
      1. Population Change
      2. Population Growth and Decline
      3. Age-Sex Composition
      Section 2. Analytical Approaches
      4. Comparing Populations
      5. Demographic Writing
      Section 3. Vital Processes
      6. Mortality and Health
      7. Fertility and the Family
      Section 4. Demographic Models
      8. Life Tables
      9. Stable and Stationary Models
      Section 5. Spatial Patterns and Processes
      10. Population Distribution
      11. Migration
      Section 6. Applied Demography
      12. Population Projections and Estimates
      13. Population Composition
      A: Basic maths
      B: Using the Excel modules
      C: Introduction to Excel
      D: Answers to exercises