(March 2015) Register now for a webinar on Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015, from 10–11 a.m. (EDT), on "Mapping Research Approaches to the Demographic Dividend."

The demographic dividend offers a powerful argument linking population dynamics and economic development. This topic has attracted a wide variety of researchers and international development organizations and has recently gained traction among global policy audiences. However, research approaches to the demographic dividend are varied and a greater integration of the methodological approaches may be warranted. Current research approaches vary widely in:

  • Implicit definition of dividends (from narrow to broad).
  • Mechanisms implied (from mechanical to substantive influences).
  • Analytical strategies (notably the extent to which they attend to questions of internal, external, and ecological validity, and their appeal to academic vs. policy audiences).

In this webinar, Marlene Lee, program director of Academic Research and Relations at the Population Reference Bureau, will open the webinar and introduce the concept of a demographic dividend.

Then, Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, professor in Development Sociology and Demography at Cornell University, will outline different research approaches to the demographic dividend. Eloundou-Enyegue will share how each approach addresses key criteria, and thus how it is likely to appeal to academic researchers versus practitioners. He will present a new framework for better understanding the range of methodological approaches to this topic using the criteria of the scale of analysis (individual vs. country) and main target audience (academics vs. policymakers).

Their discussion will be followed by 10-15 minutes of Q&A.

This webinar is hosted by the Population Reference Bureau, with funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Joining the online webinar is free. Participants who choose to listen to the audio via telephone are responsible for their own standard long-distance rates. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. View system requirements for attending the webinar.