The Formal Demography Working Group aims to bring together formal demography scholars and those interested in formal demography to discuss recent and classic work, brainstorm new ideas, and to foster new collaborations. We aim to meet virtually roughly every month. Our specific aims are to:

  1. Bring an international community of scholars together with formal demography as the focus
  2. Create a supportive and inclusive environment to learn, and encourage people to work with formal methods
  3. Discuss the past, present and future of formal demography


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Next meeting

We’re back! On 27 March 2024 at 6pm ET (Note! this is 28 March 2024 9am Australia time), Tianyu (Alex) Shen (Australian National University) will present recent work on healthy life expectancy. Alex will first show how to decompose the health life expectancy calculated from multistate life table and its interpretation. Then, he will apply this method to decompose change in healthy life expectancy by educational group to explore the contribution from shift in educational composition. Sign up for Zoom details.

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This working group is organized by Vanessa Di Lego (Vienna Institute of Demography), Ryohei Mogi (University of Southern Denmark and Pompeu Fabra University), and Monica Alexander (University of Toronto). We are always open to suggestions and feedback.