MPIDR Technical Report

An educational simulation tool to enhance the understanding of population dynamics

MPIDR Technical Report TR-2018-005, 12 pages.
Rostock, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (October 2018)
Keywords: Germany, population dynamics, population projections, population pyramid, simulation

Abstract

There is a dearth of software tools targeted at the general public that provide users with an intuitive understanding of population dynamics and the underlying demographic processes (fertility, mortality, and migration). This existing gap motivated us to implement such a tool in the software package NetLogo. In this technical working paper, we describe the technical specifications of the tool and provide access to the underlying NetLogo code. In addition, we outline the lessons users could learn from our educational tool.

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.