Model-Based Demography: Essays on Integrating Data, Technique and Theory (Demographic Research Monographs) (Paperback)

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This open access book describes demography as an autonomous science, not just a branch of applied statistics

Provides a new view of demography, based on 21st century philosophy of science

Points the way toward integration of data, technique and theory

About the Author

After completing his graduate work in sociology and demography at the Office of Population Research, Princeton University, Thomas Burch taught at Marquette, and at Georgetown University, where he helped found the Center for Population Research. From 1970 to 1975 he served in the Demographic Division [Associated Director] of The Population Council. He then joined the University of Western Ontario to help develop a new Ph.D. program in social demography. He was elected President of the Canadian Population Society in 1992-94, and received that organization's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Currently he is Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria and Research Affiliate of the Centre for Studies in Demography and Ecology, University of Washington. His main research interests have been fertility, marriage and divorce, household and family structure, and kinship. He has had an abiding interest in demographic theory, and concern over the relative neglect of theory by the discipline. In the 1990's, he began to develop a new vision for the codification, presentation, and future development of demography, based on the 'semantic' or 'model-based' approach to the philosophy of science. In this view of demography, technique, empirical research and theory are in better balance. And demography is seen to have more good theory than is generally realized.

Product Details
ISBN: 9783319880273
ISBN-10: 3319880276
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: August 25th, 2018
Pages: 200
Language: English
Series: Demographic Research Monographs