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Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue

Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue

Professor; Department Chair; Associate Director, Cornell Population Center

240B Warren Hall
(607) 255-3189

My research agenda broadly addresses the interrelationships between population, social change, and sustainable development. Under this general theme, my current projects study the effects of contemporary demographic changes on global inequality, education, youth employment, health, food security and internal conflicts. My methodological work advances the use of decomposition methods to reconcile micro-and macro-traditions in quantitative sociological research and to understand the sources of social change.

Research Focus

My research covers three related areas that include the sociology of education, social change, and the demography of inequality. A major focus in my current work is to refine existing frameworks for estimating the effects of demographic change on human capital formation. I apply these frameworks to study global trends in socioeconomic inequality. This work contributes to current policy efforts to expand schooling in developing countries but also to unanswered scientific questions about the consequences of demographic change.

Outreach and Extension Focus

My international outreach program seeks to strengthen social and demographic research in sub-Saharan Africa. With support from the Hewlett Foundation and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), I have built an outreach program to support institutions that conduct demographic research and policy analysis throughout Francophone Africa. Our work has reached over 25 institutes in the region and nearly 150 trainees. In addition to training, we organize scientific and policy conferences in the region. to disseminate key research findings about population and development.
Past efforts have also involved advising global development institutions, non governmental groups and African nations on issues regarding trends in population and schooling, and their medium-term implications for socioeconomic development

Teaching Focus

My teaching rotation now includes two undergraduate courses and one graduate course. At the undergraduate level, I teach courses in social science research methods, and in Education and Inequality. Both courses are designed to meet key learning objectives at Cornell, specifically helping students "evaluate and effectively interpret factual claims and theories, and integrate quantitative and qualitative information to reach defensible conclusions."
At the graduate level, I have taught a course on Population and Development and I am now teaching a new course on the Empirics of Development and Inequality. The course takes students through the entire research process and reviews the range of methodological choices and likely pitfalls at each step of the process. Influential papers from the development literature are discussed and students get the opportunity to draft an empirical research paper focusing on a development issue of their choice.

DSOC 3130 Social Indicators;
DSOC 3050 Education, Inequality, and Development
DSoc6001: Empirics of Development and Inequality

Introduction to Sociology

Awards and Honors

  • Member of UN’s Secretary General Panel to draft the 2019 report on Sustainable Development Goals (2017) United Nations
  • Adjunct Professor (2020) Institut de Formation et de Recherche Demographiques (Cameroon)
  • Board of Directors (2020) International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
  • Member, Board of Trustees (2018) US POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU (PRB)
  • Panel Chair (2018) International Union for the Scientific Study of Population

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Book Chapters

  • Eloundou-Enyegue, P. M., & Hirschl, N. (2017). Fertility Transitions and Schooling Dividends in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Experience of Vanguard Countries. p. 101-111 Africa's Population: In Search of a Demographic Dividend Hans Groth and John F. May (ed.), Springer International Publishing.

Training Manuals

  • Eloundou-Enyegue, P. M., & Giroux, S. C. (2010). Introduction a l'Etude du Changement Social: Apport des Methodes de Decomposition. p. 70 Mediat, Yaounde, Cameroon.

Presentations and Activities

  • Monitoring the Addis Declaration on Population and Development. A Framework. The Addis Declaration on Population and Development. November 2016. United Nations. Addis ABABA.
  • Second demographic dividend in post-transition countries. Prospects, Prerequisites and Policies. UNFPA Conference on the Second Dividend in Arab Countries. November 2016. United Nations. Algeria.
  • “Priority Policies to Harness the Demographic Dividend in Africa”. UNFPA high level conference on the demographic Dividend . June 2016. United Nations. Dakar, Senegal.
  • Monitoring the African Union Resolutions on Population and Development”. High-level meeting of African National Population Commissions . March 2016. UNFPA . Addis ABABA.
  • The Demographic Dividend at the Crossroads. UNFPA Summit on the Demographic Dividend. March 2016. United Nations. Abuja, Nigeria.
  • A Dividing Dividend? Implications of Global Population Changes for GDP and Schooling Change. Harvard Population Center Seminar Series. November 2013. Harvard Population Center. Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Population, Environment, and Sustainability: Beyond IPAT. Population Environment and Sustainability . October 2013. US National Academy of Sciences. Washington DC.
  • Prospects for a Schooling Dividend in Africa. January 2013. World Bank. Washington DC.
  • Demographic Transitions and Global Income Inequality: A view from Below. Seminar . October 2012. University of Michigan, Population . Ann Arbor, Michigan .
  • Measuring Inequality and Implications for Assessments of Global Inequality. Sociology Summer Seminar. July 2012. Korea University, Sociology Department . Seoul, South Korea.