George Alter

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Alter’s 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 was a founding member of the Eurasia Project on Population and Family History, which compares demographic responses to economic stress in five historical European and Asian societies.  He is also co-author of a new system for sharing data and methods for the analysis of life histories from historical sources.