Applied Demography In Action: A Case Study of “Population Identification.”

David A. Swanson


This case study deals with a problem quite different than the typical one facing
most applied demographers. It involves the identification of a “population”
using a set of criteria established by a regulatory agency. Specifically, criteria
established by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for purposes of Site
Characterization of the High Level Nuclear Waste Repository proposed for
Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Consistent with other recent studies, this one
suggests that a wide range of skills may be needed in dealing with problems
posed to applied demographers by clients and users in the 21st century. As such, budding applied demographers, especially those nearing completion of their graduate studies, should consider adopting a set of skills beyond traditional demography.

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