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Ken Wachter - Research

Research Overview As a mathematical demographer and statistician, I study systematic constraints and random influences that shape the structure of human populations. I helped develop methods of computer simulation to understand the rarity of coresident family members in pre-industrial English households. With these methods, I am now forecasting the kin and family support available to new generations of elderly in the Twentyfirst century. Working in "non-linear" demography, I have identified mechanisms that give rise to specific kinds of cycles in fertility and population growth. I am currently interested in patterns of mortality at extreme ages shared between humans and other species, trying to reconcile them with statistical models for long-term processes of evolutionary change.
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Subjects Biodemography
Formal Demography
Spatial Demography
Tempo Effects
The Future of Demography
Statistical Endocrinology
AIDS and the Elderly
Kinship Forecasting
Census Adjustment
Stochastic Demography
Resources The SOCSIM Program

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