AØKA08197U  Demography

Volume 2013/2014
BSc in Economics
MSc in Economics
This course will cover the following topics:

  • Fertility: Measures of Fertility, 
  • Parity Determinants of Fertility and Birth intervals 
  • Marriage: Analyses of Marriage, Cohabitation and Divorce 
  • Mortality: Measures of mortality, Life Table
  • Lexis diagram 
  • Survival analysis
Learning Outcome
This course is an introductory course in demography. The aim of the course is to provide an understanding of the basic methods and concepts in demography. The course focuses on the micro foundation of demography. Part of the course will be devoted to survival analysis since it is a very useful method in demography (and in other fields of economics).

The over all goal is that students after having completed the course should be able to 

  • Understand the basic methods of demography 
  • Interpret and explain the concept of demography 
  • Read and understand empirical analyses of demographic transitions 
  • Understand the statistical methods underlying the demography measures 
  • Make simple calculations/estimations of basic demographic measures of fertility, mortality and marriage
“Demographic methods” by Andrew Hinde, Arnold. Chapter 1-11.
Journal articles and chapters from “Handbook of Population and Family Economics”
Knowledge corresponding to the 1st and 2nd year on the BSc.
20 double lectures concentrated in the 10 first weeks of the semester.
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
The exam is an individual project. The students has to choose a topic within demography and find suitable data for their project. The outline of the project has to be approved by the lecturer. The project will be made in December and the essay has to be handed in before Christmas (exact details will be given at the start of the course). The students can receive up to 1 ½ hours of supervision for their projects.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
20 % censurship
Exam period
Will be updated before the start of the semester
Same as ordinary. But if only a few students have registered for the re-exam, the exam might change to an oral exams with a synopsis to be handed in. This means that the examination date also will change.
Criteria for exam assesment
The Student must in a satisfactory way demonstrate that he/she has mastered the learning outcome of the course.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 40
  • Preparation
  • 83
  • Exam
  • 83
  • Total
  • 206