Data bases and statistical systems: demography

M. Kreyenfeld, F.J. Willekens

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This article deals with the availability of large-scale data for demographic analysis. The main sources of data that demographers work with are censuses data, microcensus data, population registers, other administrative data, survey data, and big data. Data of this kind can be used to generate demographic rates and study demographic processes, such as family formation, marriage, divorce, residential mobility, and death. The advantages and pitfalls of different types of data are summarized.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral SciencesInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
EditorsJames D. Wright
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • administrative data
  • big data
  • deaths
  • births
  • demographic rates
  • demography
  • marriages
  • migration
  • population registers
  • residential moves
  • survey data
  • vital events
  • vital statistics


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