Abstract: Children may be born with a disability or may acquire one through accident or illness. Approximately 7% of all children or young people aged 0 to 19 years in Australia are estimated to have a disability. Understanding the needs of families with a child with disability informs policy development, particularly during the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Abstract: A very influential model of the Demographic Transition was based on the conclusion that fertility decline in Europe was due to “stopping” (terminating childbearing at younger ages) rather than “spacing” (increasing the time between births). This interpretation had important practical and policy implications, because it was linked to arguments about knowledge and acceptability of birth control. Recently, the same issue has re-emerged in research on Africa, where some observers see modern contraception being used for spacing by wo
School of Demography visitor Peter Hughes has published an article on immigration policy through online publication the Interpretor, published by the Lowy Institute for International Policy, an independent, nonpartisan think tank based in Sydney.
Long-term inequalities in male to female sex ratios have led to a surplus of men and subsequent marriage market imbalances in China. This has been further complicated by the practice of brides marrying upward in social class, which has disproportionally affected lowest-class men in rural areas. The patterns of marriage squeeze are analyzed using data from field research conducted on minorities in several villages in Yunan Province.
Professor Heather Booth, whose promotion in the School of Demography took effect in January, is now also the school’s Director of Research.
Demography is about good statistics, but should we believe the numbers we produce?
For instance, do these puzzles have good explanations?
If an average woman in Switzerland goes through her full reproductive life when the average fertility rate (TFR) is 1.5, how does she end up with an average of 1.8 children?
How can it be that the TFR of foreigners is higher that that of the native Swiss, yet they have smaller families?
If spacing between children has remained constant, how is it that the difference in mean age of successive birth orders has declined?
The 2016 Price Prize for best doctoral thesis has been awarded to Maria Pilar Rioseco Lopez for her thesis entitled ‘The role of social connectedness in the process of retirement’. Pilar received an APAI scholarship under the ARC Social Networks and Ageing Project (SNAP). Pilar’s supervisory panel were Professor Heather Booth, Associate Professor Rob Ackland and Dr Tim Windsor (Flinders University).