Lecture 1 - overall - Social Demography focuses on how...

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PAM 2030 Population and Public Policy MVR 71G M W 2:55 – 4:10 Instructors: Daniel T. Lichter PhD Julie Carmalt, PhD
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Sample Question The constitutional basis of the U.S. Census is to provide data for: (a)counting the number of unwed births (b)apportioning seats in the House of Representatives (c)projecting the racial mix of the US population (d)determining poverty rates
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What is Demography? Study of the: Size, Distribution, Composition of the Population; Changes therein; and Components of Change, including Mortality Fertility Migration
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Causes and Consequences Formal Demography – statistical interrelations among the various demographic components (size, distribution, etc.). High fertility rates affect population growth
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Unformatted text preview: Social Demography focuses on how social, cultural, and economic factors shape and are shaped by population variables Excessive population growth affects economic development or regional migration flows affect voting patterns or population aging affects crime rates; or Material cultural (contraceptive technology) affects fertility or nonmaterial cultural (abortion laws) affect fertility Population and Policy Why important? Reapportionment and redistricting Allocation of federal and state funding Planning (e.g., new highways and waste water treatment plants, school enrollment, demand for medical services) Evaluation of programs (sex education classes and teen fertility) My Approach: Sociological Theory Hypothesis Data (experimental or non-experimental, such as surveys with representative sample) Inference (based on empirical evidence) Next: Global and US Population Change...
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