Alex Weinreb

I'm a demographer at the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, where I'm also a Professor of Sociology (most of us don other disciplinary hats, there being too few standalone Departments of Demography).  Currently on leave from UT, I serve as director of research at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Jerusalem.

For most of the last two decades I focused on demographic change in Africa, including Religion and AIDS, and data collection issues in non-Western settings in general. Over the last few years, I've spent more time on the demography of Israel--whose fertility and growth patterns are very unusual for a developed country--and on demographic responses to climate change.  I also chair Israel's team on the National Transfer Accounts project.

Any free time not spent with family, running the Jerusalem hills, or wasted on Netflix, is spent on book length projects on fertility (or the lack thereof) and antisemitism (or the lack thereof) in Europe. Big, important and empirically juicy topics both.

I also occasionally consult, so mail me if you have a project that you think might interest me.

Recent publications

Ongoing research


Recent or forthcoming publications (see full list on my CV)

peer reviewed

Weinreb, Alexander, Guy Stecklov, and Aslihan Arslan. 2020. "Effects of changes in rainfall and temperature on age- and sex-specific patterns of rural-urban migration in sub-Saharan Africa." Population and Environment 42(2), 219-254

Weinreb, Alexander, Mariano Sana and Guy Stecklov. 2018. “Strangers in the field: A methodological experiment on interviewer-respondent familiarity.Bulletin of Sociological Methodology 137-138: 94-119

Stecklov, Guy, Alexander Weinreb, and Gero Carletto. 2017. “Can gifting improve survey data quality in developing countries? Results from a field experiment in India.” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society)

Sasson, Isaac, and Alexander Weinreb. 2017. “Land cover change and fertility in West-Central Africa: Rural livelihoods and the vicious circle model.” Population and Environment 38(4): 345-368

Manglos, Nicolette, and Alexander Weinreb. 2017. “Own-choice marriage and fertility in Turkey.” Journal of Marriage and Family 79(2): 372-389


Stecklov, Guy, Alexander Weinreb, and Paul Winters. 2016. “The exclusion from welfare benefits: Resentment and survey attrition in a randomized controlled trial in Mexico.” Social Science Research 60: 100-109 

Sana, Mariano, Guy Stecklov, and Alexander Weinreb. 2016. “A test of the stranger-interviewer norm in the Dominican Republic.” Population Studies 70(1): 73-92

Swed, Ori, and Alexander Weinreb. 2015. “Military westernization and state repression in the post-Cold War era.” Social Science Research 53: 270-287.


Stecklov, Guy, Alexander Weinreb, and Mariano Sana. 2015. “Reporting family planning use to strangers:  A survey-based experiment from the Dominican Republic.” PLoS ONE 10(8): e0136972

policy studies

Tur-Sinai, Aviad, Noam Zontag, Orna Blondheim, Alex Weinreb, Dov Chernichovsky. 2020. “Physicians in Israel: Trends in Characteristics and Training.” Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel: Jerusalem (English) (עברית)

Alex Weinreb, Guy Stecklov, Aslihan Arslan, Luis Molina, Godefroy Grosjean. 2020. Impact of Climate Variability on Internal Migration in the Philippines during 2005 – 2010. Final Report to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. (121 pp)

Weinreb, Alex. 2020. "Population projections for Israel, 2017-2040." Policy Research Paper 04.2020, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies: Jerusalem (English) (עברית)

Weinreb, Alex, and Dov Chernichovsky. 2020. "Anticipating the mortality impact of coronavirus." Policy Research Paper 03.2020, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies: Jerusalem (English) (עברית)

Weinreb, Alex, Dov Chernichovsky, & Aviv Brill. 2018. "Israel's Exceptional Fertility." 2018 State of the Nation, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies: Jerusalem (English) (עברית)

Weinreb, Alex, & Nahum Blass. 2018. “Trends in religiosity in Israel’s Jewish population.” Policy Research Paper 05.2018, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies: Jerusalem (English) (עברית)

Weinreb, Alex, & Nahum Blass. 2017. "Pupil trajectories from first to eighth grade: Differences between sectors in the Israeli Educational System." Policy Research Paper 05.2017, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies (English) (עברית)

Weinreb, Alex. 2016. “Why is men’s life expectancy so high in Israel?” 2016 State of the Nation, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies: Jerusalem (English) (עברית)


Ongoing projects

The Future of Antisemitism in Europe

With seed funding from the Binah Yitzrit Foundation, I project how long-term patterns of migration into Europe will change levels of prejudice across ten European countries. The test case is antisemitism, but there are larger implications for other types of prejudice (e.g., sexual violence, intolerance for LGBTQ) and for thinking about integration in general.

Political Capital and Inequality in Africa

I explore the relationship between political patronage and within-country inequality in educational attainment and child vaccination rates across 26 African countries. The core question is: how much do residents of a given area benefit when their country's President is a local?

Plagues and Religious Change

I consider the effects of major epidemics on religious transformations across 2,500 years. Core ideas from this project were applied to contemporary religious change in my 2012 book with Jenny Trinitapoli, Religion and AIDS in Africa, but this is the comprehensive study.

Fertility in Europe in the Long Shadow of WWII

In collaboration with Jenna Johnson-Hanks

We link the magnitude of the fertility decline in major European countries to their experience during WWII. Winning and losing wars, we argue, influences people's identification with states and, therefore, the state-related schema that affect fertility.  

​​Third-Party Effects in Survey Research

In collaboration with Jenny Trinitapoli and Julia Ran

We focus on deviations from the standard two-actor interview model: an interviewer, a respondent, no others within earshot. We identify historical trends in third-party effects across more than 50 developing countries, and show how these affect survey responses. 



Contact me

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