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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The 2017 Social Policy Award, presented by the Society for Social Work and Research, has been given to CDE affiliate Daniel R. Meyer. This award goes to social work faculty members who have conducted significant policy research. Read more...
Claudia Persico's research examining the relationship between spending by schools and long term student outcomes cited in the New York Times. Read more...
Research on migration and health by recent CDE alumni Christina Diaz and current CDE student Stephanie Koning is featured in the current issue of Demography. Read more...
Congratulations to CDE Affiliate Tim Smeeding for being inducted into the American Academy of Political and Social Science and named as its John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow for 2017! 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.