Demography presents the highest quality original research of scholars in a broad range of disciplines, including anthropology, biology, economics, geography, history, psychology, public health, sociology, and statistics. The journal encompasses a wide variety of methodological approaches to population research. Its geographic focus is global, with articles addressing demographic matters from around the planet. Its temporal scope is broad, as represented by research that explores demographic phenomena spanning the ages from past to present, and reaching toward the future.
Better data needed to make good immigration policy
As debates rage about the legal status of immigrants, researchers still lack enough data—and enough of the right data—to help policy makers make better, more informed decisions, according to a team of sociologists and ...
Do daughters really cause divorce? Maybe not
In the U.S., couples with daughters are somewhat more likely to divorce than couples with sons. Many scholars have read those numbers as evidence that daughters cause divorce.
A 'magic moment' for unwed parents
If unwed parents are going to get married, the best window of opportunity for that union seems to be before their child turns 3, says a new study from Duke University.
Shared custody is becoming the norm
It's no longer a certainty that American mothers will get custody over their children during a divorce. In fact, if Wisconsin Court Records of the past 20 years are anything to go by, joint custody is becoming ...
US welfare spending up—but help for the neediest down
Although the nation is spending more on welfare than ever before, most of that money is going to better-off families rather than the very poorest, a researcher found.
Education—not fertility—key for economic development
A new study published in the journal Demography shows that improvements in education levels around the world have been key drivers of economic growth in developing countries that has previously been attrib ...
For blacks in America, home ownership does not mitigate residential segregation
While home ownership has long been a key to affluence and a symbol of the American dream, blacks owning homes may not reap the same as whites and other minorities in metropolitan America, a University at ...
Researchers use mobile phones to measure happiness
Researchers at Princeton University are developing ways to use mobile phones to explore how one's environment influences one's sense of well-being.
When hard times hit, fewer teens become parents, study finds
When the economy falters and communities lose jobs, teen birth rates fall, at least among black youths, a new Duke University study has found.
Study: Methodology of determining financial viability of social security
The Social Security Trust Fund is off on its prediction by $730 billion for needed benefits in 2030. That is because its forecasting methods have hardly been updated since 1935 when the program first started, according to ...