From Life Event Analysis to Life Course Analysis

  • Ulrich Mueller
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On of the most important developments in demography over the last two decades took place in the study of demographic change: a move from analyzing time series of cross-sectional = period data to analyzing individual longitudinal data = life history data. As a result, not states (for example: percentage single, married, divorced, widowed at time t) nor events (number of on migrations, deaths, second births etc. during the time interval t 1, and t 2) but the individual life course as a whole has become the raw material of demographic analysis. Development in this direction is indispensable, if demography shall ever progress from the mere description of life events to the explanation of the causal links between them.


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  • Ulrich Mueller
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  1. 1.Medizinische SoziologieUniversität MarburgMarburgGermany

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