Book Chapter

Formal demography of families and households

Willekens, F. J., Van Imhoff, E.
In: Wright, J. (Ed.): International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences, 725–730
Oxford , Elsevier (2015)


'Family and household demography' differs from traditional demography in that it explicitly recognizes and studies relationships between individuals. Formal demography focuses on the definition and measurement of families and households, and modeling of types, number, and omposition of families and households in the past, current, and future. The entry briefly covers issues in definition, measurement, and modeling. The evolution of modeling from headship rate models to agent-based models is discussed.
Keywords: demography, family, household
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.