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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In a recent issue of Science magazine CDE affiliate Timothy M. Smeeding explores the implications of four policy problems brought on by declining fertility and a growing proportion of elders: economic inequality, underinvestment in education, immigration, and gender equity in the workplace. | News release... | Article...
Check out the new Latin American Mortality Database (LAMBdA), with vital statistics, life tables, and population counts for 1840 through 2014. The database will be used to estimate new models of mortality for countries in the region, to generate country-specific time trends of life expectancy at birth and associated bounds of uncertainty, to estimate models linking early and adult mortality across cohorts, and to compute mortality patterns at older ages. | Link to database...
CDE welcomes new UW Madison affiliates Michael Collins, Deborah Ehrenthal, and Kristen Malecki. | 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

Carlson, Marcia J. and Daniel R. Meyer, special editors. 2014. "IRP Conference Volume: Family Complexity, Poverty, and Public Policy." The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 654(1).


Grant, Monica J. and Sara Yeatman. 2014. "The Impact of Family Transitions on Child Fostering in Rural Malawi." Demography 51(1): 205-228. doi: 10.1007/s13524-013-0239-8


Moynihan, Donald P., Pamela Herd, and Elizabeth Rigby. 2014. "Policymaking by Other Means: Do States Use Administrative Barriers to Limit Access to Medicaid?" Forthcoming in Administration & Society, published online 19 Sept 2013. doi: 10.1177/0095399713503540


Higgins, Jenny A. and Anne R. Davis. 2014. "Contraceptive sex acceptability: a commentary, synopsis and agenda for future research." Forthcoming in Contraception, published online 13 March 2014. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2014.02.029


Fletcher, Jason and Barbara Wolfe. 2014. "Increasing Our Understanding of the Health-Income Gradient In Children." Health Economics 23(4): 473-486. doi: 10.1002/hec.2969