Statistical Demography

Detailed description


Demographic research is largely founded on solid statistical methodology. The members of the Laboratory of Statistical Demography contribute their expertise to projects conducted in other Laboratories of the Institute, and they perform their own research projects devoted to developing new approaches and techniques for research questions that cannot be tackled by standard procedures.

The methodologies developed in the Laboratory often deal with problems for which essential information can either not be observed or only be observed indirectly. A prominent example is paleodemography, in which information on the lives of the individuals studied can only be recovered from skeletal and archeological remains. But even in contemporary demography, relevant information often cannot be inferred directly due to observation schemes that lead to censored or truncated data, or due to aggregation mechanisms that absorb heterogeneity of interest. Accurate statistical modeling of these processes combined with novel estimation strategies allows for the recovery of the latent information of interest from compounded observations.

Furthermore, members of the Laboratory contribute to projects in the Laboratory of Evolutionary Biodemography, in which age-specific trajectories of vital rates have to be estimated, including the dependence between fertility- and mortality-related dynamics.

Researchers of the Laboratory also contribute to the educational programs the Institute is involved in (the European Doctoral School of Demography, the MaxNetAging Research School, and the training program “International Advanced Studies in Demography”), and thus promote the use of up-to-date statistical methods in demographic research.




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Reymann, Christin-Alexandra
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