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DECO 1665A - Population Economics

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Basic knowledge in macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics

Course Description

The aim of the course is to enable students to critically analyse and discuss, in a scientifically correct way, demographic dynamics and its interactions with economic outcomes. Students learn how economic advancement is linked with fertility, mortality and migration, whereas variations over time as well as across countries are taken into account. To discuss demographic phenomena like the demographic transition, population growth and population aging, students will be made familiar with theory and descriptive statistics. They will also learn how to interpret empirical results. Therefore, they will be introduced to econometric analysis with panel data.


GREULICH, Angela (Maitre de conférences en économie)

Pedagogical format

Lecture 1-3 : Theory ; Lecture 4-5: Data ; Lecture 6-9: Econometrics ; Lecture 10-11: Policy implications ; Lecture 12: Final test.

Course validation

3 grades: 1 individual written test in the middle of the semester (theory, statistics) ; 1 oral presentation during the semester: group of max. 4 students (topic: causes and consequences of demographic dynamics in a certain region) ; 1 individual written test during the last lecture (interpretation of empirical results, policy implications). Students have the possibility to raise the final grade (= average of 3 grades) by one point in the case of regular oral participation during the lectures.


12 lectures, 2 hours each

Required reading

  • Articles:
  • “Population and Society”- articles will be handed out to prepare each lecture: