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Econ 154: Economics of Discrimination: Demography

Organizations & Search Engines

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

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.

Pew Research Center.  Non-partisan research center conducting reseach on demographic trends, both domestically and internationally. They have several datasets for public use (registration required).

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

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

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

Key Data Sources

American Community Survey. (IPUMS-USA).   The ACS is the premier source for detailed population and housing information for the United States. Data from 2000 to the present.

Census Neighborhood Change Database (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 Survey. (IPUMS CPS). Monthly survey of the US population from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Includes supplemental surveys on various topics, but especially the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) done every March. 

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

Human Fertility Database.  Detailed data on changes and inter-country differences in fertility in the past and modern eras. 

Human Mortality Database. Created to provide detailed mortality and population data to researchers, students, journalists, policy analysts, and others interested in the history of human longevity.

IPUMS Demographic Health Surveys.  Facilitates analysis of the Demographic and Health Surveys, administered in low- and middle-income countries since the 1980's with consistently coded variables on the health and well-being of women, children, and births. Many more surveys are available from USAID.

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

National Transfer Accounts. Data from 60 countries that measure how changing population age structures influence economic growth, gender and generational equity, public finances, and other features of national economies. 

Social Explorer. Current and historical census data and other demographic information, such as religious organizations. Web interface lets users create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze and  demographic and social change

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.

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.

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