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Readership: Undergraduate students in social sciences, geography, economics and statistics.
Also of use as a reference work for planners and researchers who use population statistics in their employment.
Donald T. Rowland, Reader in Population Studies, The Australian National University
"'A key feature of the text is a diskette that contains Microsoft Excel-based programs for illustrating and doing fundamental demographic calculations (life tables, growth rates, standardization, and so forth)...The book is a very good compendium of basic demography that clearly is based on the author's practical teaching experience. It has re-opened for me the possibility of successfully teaching demographic methods to students not primarily interested in population studies. I look forward to using it'. Population Studies, Vol.58, No.2, 2004, pp255-256."
"'Demographic Methods and Concepts is likely to have such a broader readership, since it is
designed to serve also as a self-contained introduction and instructional manual on its subject. It is well written (enlivened with apt quotations from Graunt) and requires little mathematical backround. The graphics are excellent. Fully up-tp-date in terms of 'desktop demography, it has bibliographies that cater to the internet generation as well as to old-style page turners, numerous spreadsheet exercises, and an attached CD-ROM containing excel modules linked to the text'. Population and Development Review 2003."
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
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