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Demography in a new key

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  • Thomas K. Burch

    (University of Victoria)

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    The widespread opinion that demography is lacking in theory is based in part on a particular view of the nature of scientific theory, generally known as logical empiricism [or positivism]. A newer school of philosophy of science, the model-based view, provides a different perspective on demography, one that enhances its status as a scientific discipline. From this perspective, much of formal demography can be seen as a collection of substantive models of population dynamics [how populations and cohorts behave], in short, theoretical knowledge. And many theories in behavioural demography - often discarded as too old or too simplistic - can be seen as perfectly good scientific theory, useful for many purposes, although often in need of more rigorous statement.

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    Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

    Volume (Year): 9 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 11 (December)
    Pages: 263-284

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:9:y:2003:i:11

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    Keywords: demographic models; demographic theory; methodology; philosophy of science; population theory; the structure of demographic knowledge;

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    1. Francesco C. Billari & Alexia Prskawetz & Johannes Fürnkranz, 2002. "The cultural evolution of age-at-marriage norms," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2002-018, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    2. A. Coale, 1977. "The development of new models of nuptiality and fertility," Population (french edition), Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED), Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED), vol. 32(1), pages 131-154.
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