Understanding population characteristics

Keyfitz, Nathan (1985). Understanding population characteristics. In: Applied Mathematical Demography. pp. 162-200 U.S.A.: Springer New York. ISBN 978-1-4757-1879-9 10.1007/978-1-4757-1879-9_7.

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To understand a phenomenon we must break it down into simple elements and then put these elements together again in such a way as to reconstruct the phenomenon. This was the method Descartes proposed for study of the physical world, and it can be used to make intelligible the population characteristics presented as census and other data. Such characteristics as age, sex, marital status, birthplace, occupation, and industry can be treated by the Cartesian method, though not all with equal effectiveness.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Programs: Health and Global Change (HGC)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2016 09:51
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:40
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/12136

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