Cohorts are people sharing a similar experience or event at a particular time. For example all children born in a particular place and time, or all students graduating from high school in a particular place and time are cohorts. Cohorts are frequently used in longitudinal research. Marvin Wolfgang, for example, established a research project to follow all male children born in Philadelphia in 1940 in order to determine their encounters with the police. Cohort is a group of subjects who share a defining characteristic, and experienced a common event in a selected time period, such as birth or graduation.
A panel study is not always a cohort study as individuals in a panel study do not always share a common characteristic. Cohort data can oftentimes be more advantageous to demographers than period data. Cohort data is not affected by tempo effects, unlike period data. Cohort data can be disadvantageous in the sense that it can take a long amount of time to collect the data necessary.
Identification of Parameters in Cohort Models - WOLFGANG JAGODZINSKI, Sociological Methods & Research, Vol. 12, No. 4, 375-398 (1984) - Linear-additive age-period cohort models that permit the maximum number of aging effects, period effects, and cohort effects, full cohort models, are underidentified. In this article, some general rules will be given for detecting identified and underidentified parameters in any full cohort model under zero-sum game restrictions. It will be demonstrated that only one parameter in a dimension is identified whenever the number of parameters in this dimension is uneven. Otherwise, no parameter is identified. Full cohort models for larger tables contain more overidentifying restrictions, but the number of identified parameters never exceeds four.
Cleavage and Ideological Voting in Age Cohorts
- van der Brug, Wouter. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the MPSA Annual National
Abstract: This study compares the effects of religion, social class and left-right on party choice between EU countries, over 15 years and between generations. Generational replacement leads to a decreasing effect of long-term determinants of the vote.
Advances in AgePeriodCohort Analysis
- Herbert L. Smith, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Sociological Methods &
Research, Vol. 36, No. 3, 287-296 (2008).
Social indicators and demographic rates are often arrayed over time by age. The patterns of rates by age at one point in time may not reflect the effects associated with aging, which are more properly studied in cohorts. Cohort succession, aging, and period-specific historical events provide accounts of social and demographic change. Because cohort membership can be defined by age at a particular period, the statistical partitioning of age from period and cohort effects focuses attention on identifying restrictions. Four new articles on ageperiodcohort modeling call attention to the multilevel nature of the problem and draw on advances in methods including nonparametric smoothing, fixed and random effects, and identification in structural or causal models.
Secondary sex ratios and male lifespan: Damaged
cohort or culled cohorts
Ralph Catalano and Tim Bruckner, School of Public Health, University of California.
Abstract: Controversy remains as to whether abortions result from reduced maternal tolerance of males at the low end of a relatively constant distribution of survivability, or the culled cohort explanation, or from shifts in the whole distribution of survivability such that more males fall below a relatively constant criterion of maternal tolerance for low survivability, or the damaged cohort explanation. These alternatives make opposing predictions regarding the relationship between the secondary sex ratio and lifespan of male birth cohorts. We test the hypothesis that the secondary sex ratio among Swedish cohorts born in the years 1751 through 1912 predicts male cohort life expectancy at birth (i.e., realized lifespan). Our results support the culled cohort argument.