Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - DYNAMICS

Core Theory: Public Policies & Demographic Change

by Prof. Dr. Michaela Kreyenfeld


This course introduces students to core demographic theories, data, measures and methods. Students will learn where to locate high quality demographic data. We will calculate and interpret demographic indicators such as the fertility rate, the mortality rate and measures that can be derived from divorce and migration statistics. Student will be introduced to demographic theories, concepts and themes, such as the life table, the Lexis diagram, the concepts of the compression of morbidity, healthy life expectancy, etc. Beyond methods and data, the course offers a platform to discuss policy-relevant questions in the field of demographic change, for example: Do governments need to take action to increase or lower the birth rate? Is population decline a challenge for national governments? In light of climate change, should we worry about a further increase in world population?