Volume 65 - Number 2 - Summer 1999

I. Historical Demography and Demographic History

Studies dealing with the demographic events of any given period from the early historical up to World War I.

I.1. General Historical Demography

Comprehensive surveys, notes of sources, and items on the state of research. Particularly concerned with the period before modern vital registration was introduced and censuses were taken. Historical items that primarily pertain to one specific demographic variable are classified first under the specific heading and then cross-referenced to this heading.

65:20547 Smitka, Michael. Historical demography and labor markets in prewar Japan. Japanese Economic History, 1600-1960, Vol. 3, ISBN 0-8153-2707-2. LC 98-9507. 1998. xxi, 226 pp. Garland: New York, New York/London, England. In Eng.
This is the third volume in a series presenting selections of previously published studies on aspects of Japanese history. This volume is concerned with historical demography and labor markets and includes the following papers: Infanticide in early modern Japan? Demography, culture, and population growth, by Laurel L. Cornell; Why are there no spinsters in Japan?, by Laurel L. Cornell; Peasant migrants in the economic development of nineteenth-century Japan, by Mark Fruin; Business cycles and the outflow of labor from the agricultural sector, by Yoshitaka Hatai; Two centuries of mortality change in Central Japan: the evidence from a temple death register, by Ann Bowman Janetta and Samuel H. Preston; Formation of the census system in Japan: 1871-1945--development of the statistical system in Japan proper and her colonies, by Yoshiro Matsuda; Demographic transition in Japan, by Carl Mosk; Redundancy utilized: the economics of female domestic servants in pre-war Japan, by Konosuke Odaka; Demographic transition in the process of Japanese industrialization, by Hiroshi Ohbuchi; and The labor force in Meiji economic growth: a quantitative study of Yamanashi prefecture, by Arlon R. Tussing.
Correspondence: Garland Publishing, 717 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2500, New York, NY 10022. Location: Population Council Library, New York, NY.

I.2. Methods of Historical Demography

Applications of demographic methodology to the records of the past. Relevant items are coded here and, if of more general interest than to historical demography alone, are cross-referenced to N. Methods of Research and Analysis Including Models.

65:20548 De Santis, Gustavo; Livi Bacci, Massimo. Population reproduction: a method of breakdown and estimation. Population: An English Selection, Vol. 10, No. 2, 1998. 245-66 pp. Paris, France. In Eng. with sum. in Fre; Spa.
"This article shows how, working with a number of loose hypotheses, a classic measure of the reproduction rate...can be broken down into a series of multiplicative components, each of which reflects a specific dimension (intensity or frequency) of nuptiality, mortality, fertility and, if required, migration.... A number of simple algorithms are proposed for calculating the mean [maternal] age at birth and for estimating the proportion of women who are married at this age. An application to England, France and Germany establishes the existence and the characteristics of their respective demographic regimes in the [seventeenth] and [eighteenth] centuries."
For a French version, see 64:20254.
Correspondence: M. Livi Bacci, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento Statistico, Viale Morgagni 59, 50134 Florence, Italy. E-mail: livi@sta.ds.unifi.it. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

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