The Methods and Materials of Demography, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

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This book is a thorough update of the original Methods and Materials of Demography (1976). Every chapter is new, written exclusively for this edition. Like the original, Red Book, the Second Edition presents a systematic and comprehensive exposition of the methods used by technicians and research workers in dealing with demographic data. It is concerned with the ways data on population are gathered, classified, and treated to produce tabulations and various summarizing measures that reveal the significant aspects of the composition and dynamics of populations. It also sets forth the sources, limitations, underlying definitions, and bases of classification, as well as the techniques and methods that have been developed for summarizing and analyzing the data.

Audience: Advanced undergraduate and graduate students of applied demography. Practitioners, demographers and nondemographers who are engaged in practicing applied demography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780126419559
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 3/17/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 819

Meet the Author

Jacob S. Siegel has had three overlapping careers: former senior statistician for demographic research and analysis for the U.S. Census Bureau, former senior research scholar and professorial lecturer in demography in the Department of Demography, Georgetown University, and currently, private consultant, J. Stuart Siegel Demographic Services. In his career at the U.S. Census Bureau, Siegel received both the Gold Medal Award and the Silver Medal Award from the Department of Commerce. He is formerly President of the Population Association of America and is currently a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. For the past 20 years, Siegel has been working privately as an expert witness and a commissioned author of various technical documents in applied demography and gerontological demography. He is the author or co-author of three books, numerous monographs, papers, and book reviews. Applied Demography reflects the wide-ranging experience of the author as researcher, practitioner, and teacher of demography over the last several decades. He has been intimately involved in developments relating to population estimates and projections, evaluating census data for undercounts and other errors and serving as consultant and expert witness in high-profile cases on these and related matters.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Basic sources of statistics 9
3 Collection and processing of demographic data 43
4 Population size 65
5 Population distribution - geographic areas 81
6 Population distribution - classification of residence 105
7 Age and sex composition 125
8 Racial and ethnic composition 175
9 Marriage, divorce, and family groups 191
10 Educational and economic characteristics 211
11 Population change 253
12 Mortality 265
13 The life table 301
14 Health demography 341
15 Natality - measures based on vital statistics 371
16 Natality - measures based on censuses and surveys 407
17 Reproductivity 429
18 International migration 455
19 Internal migration and short-distance mobility 493
20 Population estimates 523
21 Population projections 561
22 Some methods of estimation for statistically underdeveloped areas 603
App. A Reference tables for constructing an abridged life table by the Reed-Merrell method 643
App. B Model life tables and stable population tables 653
App. C Selected general methods 677
App. D Geographic information systems 733
Glossary 751
A demography time line 779
Author biographies 787
Index 791
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2005

    A new version of the 'bible' of Demography

    I remember the early days where I used to go through the old book ¿The Methods and Materials of Demography¿ while studying at the Cairo Demographic Center in the early 90s of last century. The new version is an innovative and invaluable addition to the fundamental books in the field. I highly recommend this book for all demographers worldwide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003


    This book is the 21st century's 'bible' of demography. It is a complete update of the original edition issued in the 1970s and has many added features, including the most comprehensive glossary of demographic terms I have seen. It even includes a highly usable 'demography timeline' that shows the dates of important demographic events and publications. It is thorough, accurate, and highly readable, with many examples. Indispensible for professionals and students, this book is likely to surpass the original edition as a classic in the field.

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