Hans-Peter Kohler

Hans-Peter Kohler

Hans-Peter Kohler received his M.A. in demography (1994) and his Ph.D. in economics (1997) from the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently the Frederick J. Warren Professor of Demography in the Department of Sociology and a Research Associate in the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Kohler's primary research focuses on fertility and health in developing and developed countries. A key characteristic of this research is the attempt to integrate demographic, economic, sociological and biological approaches in empirical and theoretical models of demographic behavior. For example, Kohler has been investigating the bio-social determinants of fertility, the causes of low- and lowest-low fertility in Southern and Eastern Europe, the causal effects of education on health, the interrelations between marriage and sexual relations in developing countries, the role of subjective expectations and risk assessments for understanding demographic outcomes, the importance of social interaction processes for fertility and AIDS-related behaviors, and demographic methods for measuring and forecasting fertility trends. Kohler is the recipient of the 2005 the Clifford C. Clogg Award for Early Career Achievement by the Population Association of America, has been a recent fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Science, and his research has received extensive funding through the National Institutes of Health (USA) and other institutions. He is author of a book on fertility and social interaction, has co-edited books on the biodemography of human reproduction and fertility and on causal inferences in population studies. Kohler has widely published on topics related to fertility, health, social and sexual networks, HIV/AIDS, biodemography and well-being in leading scientific journals, and his work has had substantial influence on policy and media discussions related to demographic change. He is currently the principal investigator of the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health and the Chair of the Graduate Group in Demography at the University of Pennsylvania.


University of Pennsylvania


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12 May 2021 | research article

Marital dissolutions and changes in mental health: Evidence from rural Malawi

Tyler W. Myroniuk, Hans-Peter Kohler, Iliana Kohler

Volume: 44 Article ID: 41
Pages: 993–1022
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2021.44.41

05 April 2017 | descriptive finding

The population-level impact of public-sector antiretroviral therapy rollout on adult mortality in rural Malawi

Collin Payne, Hans-Peter Kohler

Volume: 36 Article ID: 37
Pages: 1081–1108
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2017.36.37

13 December 2012 | research article

Intergenerational Transfers in the Era of HIV/AIDS: Evidence from Rural Malawi

Iliana Kohler, Hans-Peter Kohler, Phil Anglewicz, Jere Behrman

Volume: 27 Article ID: 27
Pages: 775–834
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2012.27.27

09 October 2009 | research article

The Likoma Network Study: Context, data collection and initial results

Stephane Helleringer, Hans-Peter Kohler, Agnes Chimbiri, Praise Chatonda, James Mkandawire

Volume: 21 Article ID: 15
Pages: 427–468
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2009.21.15

23 June 2009 | research article

Subjective expectations in the context of HIV/AIDS in Malawi

Adeline Delavande, Hans-Peter Kohler

Volume: 20 Article ID: 31
Pages: 817–875
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2009.20.31

05 May 2009 | research article

The Malawi Diffusion and Ideational Change Project 2004-06

Phil Anglewicz, Jimi Adams, Francis Obare, Hans-Peter Kohler, Susan Watkins

Volume: 20 Article ID: 21
Pages: 503–540
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2009.20.21

10 February 2009 | research article

Overestimating HIV infection:

Phil Anglewicz, Hans-Peter Kohler

Volume: 20 Article ID: 6
Pages: 65–96
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2009.20.6

19 December 2003 | summary

A summary of Special Collection 1

Susan Watkins, Eliya Msiyaphazi Zulu, Hans-Peter Kohler, Jere Behrman

Volume: 9 Article ID: 12
Pages: 285–296
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2003.9.12

19 September 2003 | research article

Talking about AIDS

Christoph Bühler, Hans-Peter Kohler

Special Collection: S1 Article ID: 13
Pages: 397–438
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2003.S1.13

19 September 2003 | research material

Introduction to "Research on Demographic Aspects of HIV/AIDS in Rural Africa"

Susan Watkins, Eliya Msiyaphazi Zulu, Hans-Peter Kohler, Jere Behrman

Special Collection: S1 Article ID: 1
Pages: 1–30
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2003.S1.1

24 May 2002 | descriptive finding

The Fertility Pattern of Twins and the General Population Compared: Evidence from Danish Cohorts 1945-64

Hans-Peter Kohler, Lisbeth B. Knudsen, Axel Skytthe, Kaare Christensen

Volume: 6 Article ID: 14
Pages: 383–408
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2002.6.14

01 March 2002 | research article

Tempo-Adjusted Period Parity Progression Measures:

Hans-Peter Kohler, José Antonio Ortega

Volume: 6 Article ID: 7
Pages: 145–190
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2002.6.7

01 March 2002 | research article

Tempo-Adjusted Period Parity Progression Measures, Fertility Postponement and Completed Cohort Fertility

Hans-Peter Kohler, José Antonio Ortega

Volume: 6 Article ID: 6
Pages: 91–144
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2002.6.6

13 November 2001 | descriptive finding

Attrition in Longitudinal Household Survey Data

Harold Alderman, Jere Behrman, Hans-Peter Kohler, John A. Maluccio, Susan Watkins

Volume: 5 Article ID: 4
Pages: 79–124
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2001.5.4

17 October 2000 | research article

Frailty Modelling for Adult and Old Age Mortality

Hans-Peter Kohler, Iliana Kohler

Volume: 3 Article ID: 8
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2000.3.8

20 September 2000 | research article

Empirical Assessments of Social Networks, Fertility and Family Planning Programs

Hans-Peter Kohler, Jere Behrman, Susan Watkins

Volume: 3 Article ID: 7
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2000.3.7

25 January 2000 | research article

Gender Preferences for Children in Europe

Karsten Hank, Hans-Peter Kohler

Volume: 2 Article ID: 1
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2000.2.1