George AlterGeorge Alter

Professor of History, University of Michigan;
Research Professor, Population Studies Center

Brief Biography

George Alter is Research Professor at ICPSR and the Population Studies Center and Professor of History at the University of Michigan. His research grows out of interests in the history of the family, demography, and economic history, and recent projects have examined the effects of early life conditions on health in old age and new ways of describing fertility transitions. He is also involved in international efforts to promote research transparency and data sharing.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Lupia, Arthur and George Alter (2014). "Data Access and Research Transparency in the Quantitative Tradition." PS: Political Science & Politics

Alter, George (2013). "Generation to Generation: Life Course, Family, and Community,? Social Science History

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.