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What is on a Demographer’s Mind?

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  • Hendrik P. Van Dalen

    (Nederlands Interdisciplinair Demografisch Instituut (NIDI))

  • Kène Henkens

    (Nederlands Interdisciplinair Demografisch Instituut (NIDI))

Abstract

How does demography as a science function? Is this discipline characterized by consensus in approach and outlook, as so many commentators claim, or is there widespread dissent? On the basis of an internet survey, carried out from April to September 2009 among IUSSP members, this paper sheds light on such questions. Demographers are divided on what the population size - globally and locally - should be, and when government should intervene in matters of fertility, if at all. There is however a high level of consensus on method and the significance of individual scholars’ contributions. Demographers are highly empirical and multidisciplinary in their approach, and they share a respect for broad-minded demographers who cover various terrains of the study of population.

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  • Hendrik P. Van Dalen & Kène Henkens, 2012. "What is on a Demographer’s Mind?," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 26(16), pages 363-408, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:26:y:2012:i:16
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    1. van Dalen, H.P. & Micevska Scharf, M., 2011. "Reproductive Health Aid : A Delicate Balancing Act," Discussion Paper 2011-027, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.

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    demographers; opinion; science; survey;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General

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