Book Chapter

Data bases and statistical systems: demography

Kreyenfeld, M. R., Willekens, F. J.
In: Wright, J. (Ed.): International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences, 735–741
Oxford, Elsevier (2015)


This article deals with the availability of large-scale data for demographic analysis. The main sources of data that demographers work with are censuses data, microcensus data, population registers, other administrative data, survey data, and big data. Data of this kind can be used to generate demographic rates and study demographic processes, such as family formation, marriage, divorce, residential mobility, and death. The advantages and pitfalls of different types of data are summarized.
Keywords: data processing, statistical information
The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.