From Data Scarcity to Data Abundance
- Alter, George (University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research)
AbstractThis reflection on the evolution of methods and data in historical demography argues that we can still find inspiration and guidance in the work of the founders of our discipline. Historical demography is in the midst of a transition from a data-poor to a data-rich environment. Previous generations relied on demographic models to squeeze as much information as possible from the small amounts of data available. Today we live in a new era of large data sets and regression models. Researchers are creating both regional and international historical data sets of unprecedented size and depth. When examined closely, however, the methods that we use now make the same simplifying assumptions that generated the key advances of earlier generations. As we transition to new methods, demographic insight must inform our analyses and enrich our conclusions.
1800-01-01 / 1940-12-31Time Period: Wed Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1800--Tue Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 1940
These data were collected by John Knodel and used in Knodel, J. E. (1988). Demographic behavior in the past a study of fourteen German village populations in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Cambridge Cambridgeshire, New York: Cambridge University Press.
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