Summer School 2014 at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The second edition of the EHPS-Net International Summer School in Historical Demography took place at the Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania between 29 June – 8 July 2014 with the participation of 19 students from 10 countries.

The courses were held by Kees Mandemakers, Jan Kok, Peter Teibenbacher, Siegfried Gruber, Christa Matthys, Levente Pakot and Peter Ori. Considering the experience gathered from the previous edition, the classes were split into lectures in the mornings and practical exercises in the afternoon sessions. The theoretical part addressed the main issues in historical demography, like sources, family and household systems, family reconstitution, social stratification and mobility, fertility, migration, mortality or life course transition. As for the practical part of the lessons, the students were introduced to Access and Stata, they learned about database design and became familiar with IDS. In the end, they had to prepare their assignments, consisting in generating new variables (like birth cohorts) and constructing age-specific marital fertility rates by birth cohorts using the 'HSN birth interval episodes' database