Annual Workshop on Formal Demography

The 9th Annual Workshop on Formal Demography was held June 5- 9, 2023, in person, with funding from Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R25HD083136) and co-sponsored by the Berkeley Population Center. The focus this past year was on fertility, including contemporary topics like Covid-19 and abortion policy.

Target population: The workshops are aimed both at those with prior demographic training and those who have not studied demography but already have quantitative skills in another area. Advanced graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early career researchers and faculty are welcome to apply. We are interested in increasing the diversity of the field and encourage applicants from all backgrounds.

Primary Instructors:  Joshua Goldstein, Dennis Feehan, Robert Chung, Department of Demography, UC Berkeley.

Curriculum: We used the fundamental tools of formal demography such as stable population theory and the mathematics of fertility, reproduction, and other demographic outcomes, to understand fertility dynamics and the implications of recent events like the Covid-19 pandemic and the Dobbs decision. See links below for 2023 Workshop Description. You may find further information and course materials from the 2022 and 2021 workshops here. Check back here in Spring 2024 for information about the June 2024 Workshop.

2022 Program

Day 1 of the workshop covered matrix population models and stable population theory.

Day 2 of the workshop covered mortality modeling, focusing on the continuous representation of the life table with hazards.

Day 3 of the workshop featured applications and extensions of the formal models in Days 1 and 2, as well as fertility (including fertility after a shock), as well as length-biased sampling and the average lifespan of the living.

Days 4 and 5  featured guest speakers presenting new research on Covid-19 and beyond using formal demographic methods.

•For any questions, please write to the Executive Director, Berkeley Population Center, (link sends e-mail).