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George C. Alter

Affiliated Programs:

Michigan Historical Demography Workshop

Funded Research:

Computing Statistics from Private Data (Sloan)

BioCADDIE (Biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery and Indexing Ecosystem) (NIAID)

BioCADDIE (Biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery and Indexing Ecosystem-Supplement (NIAID)

Drug Abuse and HIV Data Archive (NIDA)

Collaborative Research: Metadata Portal for the Social Sciences (NSF)

BCC-SBE: Sharing Geo-referenced Research Data with a Virtual Data Enclave (NSF)

A Proposal to Conduct a Grants Program for Early Career Researchers to Conduct Secondary Data Analyses of the Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database (Gates Foundation)

Building Community Engagement for Open Access to Data (Sloan)

American Indian Demography and Reservation Settlement (PSC Initiatives)

MET Extension Longitudinal Database and Library of Practice (Gates Foundation)

DataNet Full Proposal: Sustainable Environment through Actionable Data (SEAD) (NSF)

Terra Populus: A Global Population/Environment Data Network (NSF)

Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Longitudinal Database (Gates Foundation)

Archiving the Historical Demography of the U.S. (NICHD)

Advancing Knowledge and Building the Research Infrastructure in Education and STEM Learning (NSF)

Rescuing and Archiving Social Science Data (Institute for Museum and Library Services)

Demographic Data Sharing and Archiving (NICHD)

Demographic Analysis of Longitudinal Historical Data (NICHD)

Quantitative Social Science Digital Library Pathway (QSSDL) (NSF)

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections (Administration for Children and Families, HHS)

Infusing Quantitative Literacy throughout the Social Science Curriculum (NSF)

Research Professor, Population Studies Center.

Director, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research.

Professor, Department of History.

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.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Alter, George C., and K. Mandemakers. 2014. "The Intermediate Data Structure (IDS) for longitudinal historical microdata, version 4." Historical Life Course Studies, 1: 1-26.

Lupia, Arthur, and George C. Alter. 2014. "Data Access and Research Transparency in the Quantitative Tradition." PS: Political Science & Politics, 47(1): 54-59. DOI. Abstract.

Alter, George C. 2012. "Generation to generation: Life course, family, and community." Social Science History, 37(1): 1-26. DOI. Abstract.

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.


Alter, George C., and Gregory Clark. 2010. "The demographic transition and human capital." In The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe. Volume 1. 1700–1870 edited by S. Broadberry, and K. H. O'Rourke. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

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.

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