Welcome to the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

CDE is a multi-disciplinary faculty research cooperative for social scientific demographic research whose membership includes sociologists, rural sociologists, economists, epidemiologists, and statisticians. CDE is one of the leading centers of social science research in the world, as indicated by the scholarly productivity of its faculty, the level of extramural funding secured by researchers, the production and distribution of high quality demographic data, and the quality of its graduate training program. The intellectual collegial environment of the Center makes it an exciting and stimulating place in which to conduct research.

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Join us Thursday September 28 at 4:30pm for the Hilldale Lecture in the Social Sciences featuring Peter Bearman, from Columbia University. Professor Bearman will be talking about "Uncovering our Social Brain: The Neural Signatures of Reciprocity, Transitivity and Identity in Human Groups". CDE is pleased to co-sponsor this event, being held in the Wisconsin Idea Room at the School of Education building. A reception will follow. Read more...
An article on single mothers in Japan recently published in The Atlantic includes CDE affiliate Jim Raymo's work on the topic. Raymo has studied the economic and social conditions affecting single mothers in Japan for several years. There is concern that lack of support for single mothers will have adverse effects on childrens' health and school success. Read more...
CDE receives funding via a Population Research Infrastructure grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (P2C HD047873). Our sister center CDHA receives Center Grant funding from the National Institute on Aging (P30 AG017266). See how to acknowledge this support.

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Recent Publications

Addo, Fenaba. 2016. "Financial Integration and Relationship Transitions of Young Adult Cohabiters." Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 1-16.


Conley, D., Laidley, T., Belsky, D. W., Fletcher, J. M., Boardman, J. D., & Domingue, B. W. (2016). Assortative mating and differential fertility by phenotype and genotype across the 20th century. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201523592. PMCID: PMC4914190.


DeWaard, J., Curtis, K. J., & Fussell, E. (2016). Population recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina: exploring the potential role of stage migration in migration systems. Population and Environment, 37(4), 449-463. PMCID: PMC492146.


Herd P, Higgins J, Sicinski K, Merkurieva I. The Implications of Unintended Pregnancies for Mental Health in Later Life. Am J Public Health. 2016 Mar;106(3):421-9.PMCID: PMC4815713.


Wodtke GT, Elwert F, Harding DJ. Neighborhood Effect Heterogeneity by Family Income and Developmental Period. AJS. 2016 121(4):1168-1222. PMCID: PMC4820764.