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American Indian Demography and Reservation Settlement (PSC Initiatives Fund)
MET Extension Longitudinal Database and Library of Practice (Gates Foundation)
Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Longitudinal Database (Gates Foundation)
Rescuing and Archiving Social Science Data (Institute for Museum and Library Services)
Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences (Data-PASS) (Library of Congress)
Child Care and Early Education Research Connections (Administration for Children and Families, HHS)
Research Professor, Population Studies Center.
Director, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research.
Professor, Department of History.
Director, Population Institute for Research and Training, Indiana University.
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Alter's research interests lie in the history of the family, demography, and economic history. Recent work explores demographic responses to economic hardship in Europe and East Asia, and the effects of childhood experiences on health in old age.
Alter, George C., Myron Gutmann, Susan Hautaniemi Leonard, and Emily Merchant. 2012. "Introduction: Longitudinal Analysis of Historical-Demographic Data." Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 42(4): 503-517. DOI. Abstract.
Alter, George C., Isabelle Devos, and Alison Kvetko. 2009. "Completing Life Histories with Imputed Exit Dates: A Method for Historical Data from Passive Registration Systems." Population, 64(2): 293-318. Abstract.
Alter, George C., Kees Mandemakers, and Myron Gutmann. 2009. "Defining and Distributing Longitudinal Historical Data in a General Way Through an Intermediate Structure." Historical Social Research, 34(3): 78-114. Abstract. Public Access.
Oris, Michel, and George C. Alter. 2008. "Effets de fratrie et mobilité sociale intergénérationnelle dans la Belgique urbaine et rurale au xixe siècle." Annales de Démographie Historique, 15(1): 115-138. Abstract.
Oris, M., M. Neven, and George C. Alter. 2007. "When protoindustry collapsed fertility and the demographic regime in rural eastern Belgium during the industrial revolution." Historical Social Research-Historische Sozialforschung, 32(2): 137-159. Abstract.
Alter, George C., Martin Dribe, and Frans van Poppel. 2007. "Widowhood, Family Size, and Post-Reproductive Mortality: A Comparative Analysis of Three Populations in Nineteenth Century Europe." Demography, 44(4): 785-806. Abstract.
Alter, George C., M. Neven, and M. Oris. 2010. "Economic change and differential fertility in rural eastern Belgium, 1812 to 1875." In Prudence and pressure : reproduction and human agency in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900 edited by Tsuya, Noriko. :195-216. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Oris, Michel, Muriel Neven, and George C. Alter. 2008. "Individuals and communities facing economic stress: a comparison of two rural areas in nineteenth century Belgium." In Living standards in the past: new perspectives on well-being in Asia and Europe edited by Robert C. Allen, Tommy Bengtsson, and Martin Dribe. 373-402. Oxford: Oxford University Press.