Population Structures and Cohorts
This module provides a gentle introduction to the use of WebCHIP software and census data to investigate basic population issues. In the first part of this module, you will use data from the 1990 U.S. census to create population pyramids for several racial and ethnic groups. These population pyramids provide the ability to view the age and sex structure of a population. They not only allow us to view the cumulative impacts of past patterns of fertility, mortality, and migration, but also provide hints about what a particular population is likely to look like in the future. In the second part of the module you will continue our exploration of basic U.S. population structures by comparing some of the basic characteristics of a number of distinct birth cohorts.
- Develop an understanding of WebCHIP procedures for examining cross-tabulations and introducing controls.
- Develop hypotheses and identify the independent and dependent variable implied in an hypothesis.
- Investigate and describe the relationship between two variables and assess whether the relationship supports or contradicts the hypothesis being tested.
- Explore racial differences and historical trends in the structure of the U.S. population. Examine differences in socioeconomic differences between birth cohorts.
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