I pulled together a few charts for a presentation on demographic trends, including Israel / Palestine. It follows my post from 5 years ago, when I concluded that, "Israel’s trajectory is unsustainable in more ways than one." These use data from the UN, Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, World Bank, and Israel Democracy Institute. 1.…
Demographic facts your students need to know right now (with COVID-19 addendum)
Here’s the 2020 update of a series I started in 2013. This year, after the basic facts, I'll add some pandemic facts below. Is it true that “facts are useless in an emergency“? I guess we'll find out this year. Knowing basic demographic facts, and how to do arithmetic, lets us ballpark the claims we…
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AEI panel on ‘demographic decline’
with immigration we don't have an issue of declining population (with video).
The coming divorce decline
Unless something changes outside the demogosphere, the divorce rate is going to go down in the coming years. Divorce represents a number of problems from a social science perspective. Most people seem to assume "the divorce rate" is always going up, compared with the good old days, which are supposed to be the whole past…
Visiting Israel, with demography (this is not sustainable edition)
With audio, and photographs! Israel's trajectory is unsustainable in more ways than one. The political situation is not the subject of this post, but it's necessary to say at the beginning that the oppression of Palestinians by the state of Israel, made possible by the United States, is morally unacceptable and relative to all the…
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A step toward civilization (and have more children), Shanghai edition
Observations on family and fertility from a visit to China.
2016 U.S. population pyramid, with Baby Boom
And how to make it, with the files.
The U.S. government asked 2 million Americans one simple question, and their answers will shock you
Why don't they just tell us how old they really are? There must be a reason.
Jonathan Last could live with barefoot-and-pregnant
What to expect from a book called "What to Expect When No One's Expecting."
Read it and weep : Demography I syllabus
The euphoric moment when a syllabus is done.