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 poverty rate in Wisconsin fell from 10.8% in 2014 to 9.7% in 2015, reaching a 9-year low, according to the "Wisconsin Poverty Report for 2015". Co-authored by CDE Affiliate Timothy Smeeding and the Institute for Research on Poverty, the report showed that there was job growth during this period and a decreased reliance on government assistance programs. Read more...
SUMMER DEMSEM is Monday June 5, 9:00am - 3:00pm, 8417 Social Sciences! Accessing Bigger Data for Research and Policy is the topic of the day. Keynote addresses will be made by John Abowd, Chief Scientist, Research and Methodology at the Census Bureau and Ted Mouw from the Uhiversity of Northcarolina. Additional speakers include: Tim Smeeding, Chenoa Allen, Jason Fletcher and Jack DeWaard. Lunch is provided. For more information contact Susan Vial, susan.vial@wisc.edu. 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.