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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A recent article in the American Sociological Review has been receiving considerable media attention. Research by Christine Schwartz and Hongyun Han shows that couples in which the wife has more education are no longer associated with an increased risk of divorce. The research has been featured in USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, University Herald, Newsweek and the New York Times.
The paper "The fragility of the future and the tug of the past: Longevity in Latin America and the Caribbean," by Alberto Palloni and Laeticia Souza, has been selected by the editors of Demographic Research as one of the very best papers in Volume 29 of the journal. The paper will be included in the journal's "Editor's Choice" collection and starred on the journal's web site. | Read more...
Christine Schwartz recently appeared on the public radio program "Marketplace," speaking on the topic of assortative mating | Read more (and listen)...
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

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