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Economics: Economic Demography

Organizations, Search Engines, and Reference Sources

Econlit. Most comprehensive database to scholarly journal articles in economics. Also lists books and dissertations, and articles within collective works.

European Society for Population Economies Facilitates communication in theoretical and applied research focusing on human capital and demographic variables in economics.

Family and Society Studies Worldwide. Indexes books, scholarly journals, magazines, reports, proceedings, statistics, dissertations, and websites worldwide related to social science research about the family and society. 

IDEAS. Free database on economics with full-text working papers, books, book chapters, and articles from peer-reviewed journals.

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.  Demographic research center investigating demographic change, aging, fertility, and other issues in population research.

Population Association of America.  Leading U.S. non-profit, scientific, professional organization that promotes research on population issues.

Popline. Citations for articles, reports, books, and eports related to population, family planning, and related issues.

Population Index. Indexes research in population and demographic studies, including books, journal articles, working papers, and other material on population topics.

Population Reference Bureau.  Nonprofit organization informing people about population, health and the environment for research or academic purposes.See especially the datafinder and publications sections.

Survey Abstracts. Descriptive summaries of surveys from the Census Bureau Demographic Directorate.

Selected Journals

These journals are specific to Economic Demography, but researchers in the field also publish in many other economics journals. See this listing of some highly cited ones for more information.

Journal of Population Economics
Demographic Research

Population and Development Review
Population Research and Policy Review
Journal of the Economics of Aging

Key Data Sources

American Community Survey.  Began in 2005, annual survey replacing the census long (15%) sample. Consider using  IPUMS.

American Factfinder (U.S. Census Bureau). Database for online source for accessing population, housing, economic and geographic data from the from the U.S. Census, including the Census of Population and Housing and the American Community Survey.

Census Neighborhood Change Database (CD in Library Data Lab).  Combines U.S. Bureau of the Census data into one product with variables and tract boundaries that are consistently defined across census years.

Current Population SurveyIncludes many supplemental surveys on various topics such as child support, tobacco, voting, computer use, identity theft.  Consider using IPUMS.

CPS Utilities.  (CD in Library Data Lab). Data, documentation, and extraction software for the Current Population Surveys. Includes all January, February, March, May, June, October, November surveys containing data from as early as 1962.

Demographic Yearbook System. United Nations statistics on population size and composition, births, deaths, marriage and divorce and more.

Health Nutrition and Population Statistics. Health, nutrition and population statistics gathered from international sources.  From the World Bank.

Human Mortality Database. Detailed mortality and population data for researchers interested in the history of human longevity. From UC Berkeley and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS). From the Minnesota Population Center. Micro-data for censuses from the United States back to 1850 as well as other nations. 

National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS). Contains aggregare U.S. census data and GIS boundary files for each census from 1790 to 2000.

International Data Base. From the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics for demographic, and socioeconomic data for countries and areas of the world. Information dates from 1950 to 2050.

Penn World TablesFreely available data on population, national income accounts and prices, from 1950.

Statistical Abstract of the United States. Summary statistics on the social, political and economic organization of the United States with data from a variety of federal agencies. Earlier versions of the Statistical Abstract from 1878 to 2012 are available on the U.S Census Bureau's web site

United States Census Bureau.  The principal source of periodic U.S demographic data. Major programs include the Census of Population and Housing available via American Factfinder and the American Communiyt Survey.

UN Data. Wide range of economic, social, cultural, and demographic indicators for most countries and territories of the world.

World Development Indicators. Primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources.

World Population Prospects 2010 Revision.  Detailed population data from the United Nations Population Division, for countries worldwide, from 1950 with projections to 2050. 

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