George AlterGeorge Alter

Director, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR);
Professor of History, University of Michigan;
Research Professor, Population Studies Center

Brief Biography

George Alter's research grows out of interests in the history of the family, demography, and economic history. He is particularly interested in methods for reconstructing and analyzing life histories from longitudinal data. Dr. Alter has recently participated in two cross-national comparative projects. The "Eurasia Project" examines demographic responses to economic stress in five societies in Europe and East Asia. The "Early Life Conditions" project asks whether experiences in childhood have long-run effects on health in old age.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Alter, George, Isabelle Devos, and Alison Kvetko. 2009b. "Completing Life Histories with Imputed Exit Dates: A Method for Historical Data from Passive Registration Systems." Population 64 (2):327-53.

Alter, George, Kees Mandemakers, and Myron P. Gutmann (2009). "Defining and Distributing Longitudinal Historical Data in a General Way Through an Intermediate Structure." Historical Social Research, 34(3): 78-114.

Oris, Michel, and George Alter (2008). "Effets de fratrie et mobilité sociale intergénérationnelle dans la Belgique urbaine et rurale au XIXe siécle." Annales de Démographie Historique, 115(1): 115-138.

Alter, George, and Michel Oris (2008). "Effects of Inheritance and Environment on the Heights of Brothers in Nineteenth-century Belgium." Human Nature, 19(1): 44-55.

Bengtsson, Tommy, and George Alter (2008). "Early-Life Conditions and Old-Age Mortality in Comparative Perspective: 19th Century Sweden and Belgium." Perspectives on Mortality Forecasting, V. Cohort factors: How conditions in early life influence mortality in later life. Social Insurance Studies, Stockholm: Swedish Social Insurance Agency, No. 5, pp. 61-80.

Oris, Michel, and George Alter (2008). "Effets de fratrie et mobilité sociale intergénérationnelle dans la Belgique urbaine et rurale au XIXe siècle." Annales de Démographie Historique, 115(1): 115-138.

Alter, George, 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. [PMID: 18232211]

Alter, George, Michel Oris, and Muriel Neven (2007). "When Protoindustry Collapsed: Fertility and the Demographic Regime in Rural Eastern Belgium During the Industrial Revolution." Historical Social Research, 32(2): 137-159.

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