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A list of key readings about Demography.
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  • Caselli, Graziella, Jacques Vallin and Guillaume Wunsch, eds. Demography: Analysis and Synthesis (3 vol 2005), 2980pp; excerpt and text search
  • Coleman, David, and Roger Schofield, eds., The State of Population Theory: Forward from Malthus (1986)


  • Ellis, David R. and Steve H. Murdock. Applied Demography: An Introduction to Basic Concepts, Methods, and Data. 1991. online edition
  • Rowland, Donald T. Demographic Methods and Concepts 2003 ISBN 9780198752639
  • Shryock, Henry S.; and Jacob S. Siegel. The Methods and Materials of Demography, 2 vol 1976
  • Weeks, John R. Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues (10th ed. 2007)
  • Yaukey, David, Douglas L. Anderton and Jennifer Hickes Lundquist. Demography: The Study of Human Population. (3rd ed 2007) excerpt and text search

History of demographic theory and methods

  • Cohen, Joel E. How Many People Can the Earth Support? (1995) online edition
  • D. E. C. Eversley. Social Theories of Fertility and the Malthusian Debate (1959). online edition
  • Geoffrey Gilbert, ed. Malthus: Critical Responses (1998), what critics in 19th said about Malthus' ideas
  • Susan Greenhalgh. "The Social Construction of Population Science: An Intellectual, Institutional, and Political History of Twentieth-Century Demography," Comparative Studies in Society and History, Volume 38, Issue 1 (Jan., 1996), 26-66. in JSTOR
  • Hauser, Philip M., and Otis Dudley Duncan, eds. The Study of Population: An Inventory and Appraisal. 1959. sumamry of field at mid-century
  • Malthus, Thomas. An Essay on the Principle of Population (1st ed 1798) (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) ed by Donald Winch 1992 ISBN 9780521429726
  • Spengler, Joseph J. France Faces Depopulation (2nd ed 1979)

Historical demography

  • Ansley J. Coale and Susan C. Watkins, eds. The Decline of Fertility in Europe, (1986)
  • Fogel, Robert W. The Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, 1700-2100: Europe, America, and the Third World (2004)
  • Kertzer, David, and Peter Laslett, eds. Aging in the Past: Demography, Society, and Old Age (1995) complete text online
  • Reed, James. From Private Vice to Public Virtue: The Birth Control Movement and American Society Since 1830. 1978.
  • Riley, James C. Rising Life Expectancy: A Global History (2001)
  • Saito, Oasamu. "Historical Demography: Achievements and Prospects." Population Studies 1996 50(3): 537-553. Issn: 0032-4728 in Jstor

Demographic transition

  • Davis, Kingsley. "The World Demographic Transition." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 1945 237: 1-11. in JSTOR, classic article that introduced concept of transition
  • Gillis, John R.; Louise A. Tilly; and David Levine; eds. The European Experience of Declining Fertility, 1850-1970: The Quiet Revolution. 1992.
  • Szreter, Simon. "The Idea of Demographic Transition and the Study of Fertility: A Critical Intellectual History." Population and Development Review, 1993. 19:4, pp 659-701.

Current data

  • CIA World Factbook, 2007. online
  • Arthur Haupt and Thomas T. Kane. Population Handbook, (Population Reference Bureau: 5th ed 2004) online edition
  • Wendel, Helmut, and Christopher S Wendel. Vital Statistics of the United States Births, Life Expectancy, Deaths and Selected Health Data (2006)


  • Barrett, Richard E., Donald J. Bogue, and Douglas L. Anderton. The Population of the United States (3rd ed. 1997) 704pp text search

Policy and the future

  • Cohen, Joel E. How Many People Can the Earth Support? (1995) online edition


  • Demography
  • Population Studies
  • Population and Development Review
  • American Demographics, popular; focus on market research
  • Demographic Research
  • European Journal of Population
  • Asia-Pacific Population Journal
  • Annales De Démographie Historique
  • International Migration Review