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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Over 40 CDE faculty, grads, and postdocs make more than 75 appearances on the program for PAA 2014. For a complete list of UW-Madison-affiliated presenters and participants, click here | Read more...
Alberto Palloni elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science | Read more...
Presentation videos from the recent workshop "Exploring the Microbiome in Population Health and Social Research" have now been posted online | Read more...
Nora Cate Schaeffer contributes to NRC report on declining survey response rates | Read more...
New CDE affiliates Engelman, Fletcher, and Xiong are featured by the College of Letters & Science in "Meet your new professors" | Read more...
CDE receives funding via a Population Research Infrastructure grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (R24 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

Brenner, Philip and DeLamater, John. Social Desirability Bias in Self-Reports of Physical Activity: Is an Exercise Identity the Culprit? Social Indicators Research, 2013.


Palloni, A. and L. Souza. 2013. "The fragility of the future and the tug of the past: Longevity in Latin American and the Caribbean. Demographic Researchi> 29(21): 543-578.


Pattison, Evangeleen, Eric Grodsky, and Chandra Muller. 2013. "Is the Sky Falling? Grade Inflation and the Signaling Power of Grades." Educational Researcher 42: 259-265.


Kurlaender, Michal and Eric Grodsky. 2013. "Mismatch and the Paternalistic Justification for Selective College Admissions." Sociology of Education 86: 294-310.