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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Two CDE graduate students were poster winners at PAA 2015. "Examining Patterns of Police Militarization: Findings from the 1033 Program" by Ellen Dinsmore and "Maternal and Paternal Parenting Behaviors and Socioeconomic Disparities in Child Well-Being" by Alicia VanOrman both received honors. |
45 CDE faculty, grads, postdocs and research staff made over 70 appearances at PAA 2015 in San Diego. | List by name... | List by session day/time...
A blog post on "Child and Family Blog" by Associate Professor Marcy Carlson addresses the impact of complex families on children. Carlson's analysis shows why social programs must adapt to social change. | Link to article
CDE affiliate David Kaplan named Honorary Research Fellow in Oxford University's Department of Education | Announcement...
New research by Jenny Higgins and Yu Wang on birth control methods | 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

Cook, C. Justin and Jason M. Fletcher. 2015. "Understanding Heterogeneity in the Effects of Birth Weight on Adult Cognition and Wages." Journal of Health Economics 41: 107-116.


Higgins, Jenny A. and Yu Wang. 2015. "Which young adults are most likely to use withdrawal? The importance of pregnancy attitudes and sexual pleasure." Contraception 91(4): 320-327.


Schneider, A, C M Mertes, A J Tatem, B Tan, D Sulla-Menashe, S J Graves, N N Patel, J A Horton, A E Gaughan, J T Rollo. 2015. "A new urban landscape in East-Southeast Asia, 2000-2010." Environmental Research Letters 10(3).


Collins, J. Michael, ed. 2015. A Fragile Balance: Emergency Savings and Liquid Resources for Low-Income Consumers. New York: Palgrave-McMillan.


Halpern-Meekin, Sarah, Kathryn Edin, Laura Tach and Jennifer Sykes. 2015. It's Not Like I'm Poor: How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World. University of California Press.