Formal demography of families and households

F.J. Willekens, E. van Imhoff

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‘Family and household demography’ differs from traditional demography in that it explicitly recognizes and studies relationships between individuals. Formal demography focuses on the definition and measurement of families and households, and modeling of types, number, and composition of families and households in the past, current, and future. The entry briefly covers issues in definition, measurement, and modeling. The evolution of modeling from headship rate models to agent-based models is discussed.
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


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