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  • PSC/PARC Researchers Hans-Peter KohlerFrank F. FurstenbergAndres Felipe Castro Torres, and Luca Maria Pesando were featured in a Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research press release on their new article, "Family Change and Variation Through the Lens of Family Configurations in Low- and Middle-Income Countries," published in Population, Space, and Place and supported by the National Science Foundation. This paper is a result of the Global Family Change project, supported by the PSC, which is also a PARC Research Network.

    Key Points:

    • This paper finds a strong correlation between traditional partnership regimes (early and widespread marriage and early transition to motherhood) and traditional gender norms within the household and at a societal level.
    • The correlation between traditional partnership and gender regimes is relatively independent of reproduction levels, meaning it exists in countries with both high and low fertility levels and contraceptive use.
    • In some countries, traditional partnership and gender regimes differentiate between urban and rural geographies suggesting the influence of the Western family model is uneven cross-nationally and more present in urban areas.
    • The family configurational approach developed in this paper encompasses more dimensions, characteristics, and functions in the study of families in a global comparative context. These characteristics include, for example, family formation patterns, gender roles, and fertility.
    • This approach provides new insights and questions on how and why the institution of the family has and will change.
    Date posted: 10/21/2021 | View listing
  • PSC/PARC Researchers Atheendar VenkataramaniCourtney Boen, and John MacDonald are investigators in a new NIH funded project, which includes an unprecedented $10 million over the course of 5 years, to study the impact of environmental and economic interventions on reducing health disparities in Black Philadelphia neighborhoods. At the community level, the study includes tree planting, vacant lot greening, trash cleanup, and rehabilitation of dilapidated, abandoned houses. For households, the study will help connect participants to local, state, and federal social and economic benefits, including food, unemployment, and prescription drug assistance, provide financial counseling and tax preparation services, and offer emergency cash assistance.
    Read more about this project in Penn Medicine News.

    Date posted: 10/13/2021 | View listing
  • New research by Norma Coe (PSC/PARC Research Associate) published in Medical Care was featured in a recent Penn LDI blog post, "Racial Disparities in Avoidable Hospitalizations for Medicare Beneficiaries."

    Date posted: 10/13/2021 | View listing
  • Luca Maria Pesando, GGD Alumni and PSC Research Affiliate, was awarded a 2022-2024 Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship, a globally competitive Fellowship dedicated to improving the development, learning, and living conditions of children and youth worldwide.

    Date posted: 10/7/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Jacobs, Jerry and Elinore Avni. 2021. "A Global Turn in Sociology: Approaching Social Problems from an International Vantage Point." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-77.

    Date posted: 9/29/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Hoang, Cung, Vikesh Amin, Jere Behrman, Hans-Peter Kohler, and Iliana Kohler. 2021. "Heterogenous Trajectories in Physical, Mental and Cognitive Health among Older Americans: Roles of Genetics and Earlier SES." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-76.

    Date posted: 9/27/2021 | View listing
  • PSC and PARC Research Associates, Courtney Boen and Atheendar Venkataramani, were recently awarded funding through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice program. The project, entitled “Impact of State Incarceration Policies on Racial Health Equity,” will investigate the links between state incarceration policy and racial health disparities across the life course.

    Date posted: 9/23/2021 | View listing
  • Vyasa, Sangita, Aashish Gupta, Nazar Khalid. 2021. Gender and LPG Use after Government Intervention in Rural North IndiaWorld Development.

    Study Highlights

    • The use of solid fuels for cooking persists in rural north India despite large government subsidies encouraging liquid petroleum gas (LPG) adoption.
    • Using new quantitative and qualitative data, we find that patriarchal gender norms and attitudes encourage the use of solid fuels in this region.
    • These beliefs encourage women to preserve gas, promote work that facilitates the use of solid fuels, and hinder communication about LPG refills.
    • Those that regularly use gas often do so to facilitate the adherence to norms of seclusion that keep women from leaving home to collect solid fuels.
    • Future research and policy interventions should pay careful attention to the gender norms and attitudes that discourage the use of gas.

    Photo credit: World LPG Association

    Date posted: 9/23/2021 | View listing
  • Andrew Stokes (GGD alumni) and PSC/PARC Research Associates, Irma T. Elo and Samuel H. Preston co-authored new research about accounting for excess COVID-19 deaths was featured in MedicalXpress.

    Stokes, Andrew C., Dielle J. Lundberg, Jacob Bor, Irma T. Elo, Katherine Hempstead, Samuel H. Preston. 2021. Association of Health Care Factors With Excess Deaths Not Assigned to COVID-19 in the U.S. JAMA Network Open.

    "Approximately 20% of excess deaths in the US in 2020 were not reflected in COVID-19 death counts. These excess deaths included deaths caused by COVID-19 but not assigned to it as well as indirect deaths from other causes associated with delays in health care and the social and economic consequences of the pandemic. Prior research has documented differences in the percentage of excess deaths not assigned to COVID-19 at the state and county levels. In this study, we examined health care factors associated with excess deaths not assigned to COVID-19 at the county level."

    Date posted: 9/23/2021 | View listing
  • Linda Aiken (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was featured in Penn Today and Penn Nursing News about a new article published in Medical Care that finds hospitals that employ more inpatient nurse practitioners (NPs) have lower surgical mortality, higher patient satisfaction, and lower costs of care.

    Date posted: 9/22/2021 | View listing
  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Researcher Associate) was featured in Vox about sleep deprivation and insomnia as an increasing symptom of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Date posted: 9/16/2021 | View listing
  • Congratulations to Anneliese LuckEugenio PaglinoMichael Lachanski, and Yasmin Mertehikian for being admitted into the International Max Planck Research School for Population, Health and Data Science (IMPRS-PHDS) program from November 2021 through October 2024. The IMPRS-PHDS is a unique three-year doctoral program that merges demography, epidemiology and data science. The PHDS school equips doctoral students not only with advanced knowledge of the theory and methods of demography and epidemiology (broadly defined as ‘population health’), but also with strong technical skills in statistics, mathematical modeling, and computational and data management methods (broadly referred to as ‘data science’). They join Sneha Mani (Cohort 2019) and Zohra Ansari-Thomas (Cohort 2020). Penn is one of ten affiliated institutions.

    Date posted: 9/10/2021 | View listing
  • Congratulations to Ewa Batyra, former PSC Postdoc, for joining the Centre for Demographic Studies (CED) in Barcelona, Spain. Batyra will be working with Diederik Boertien on the Sexual Minorities and Inequality of Opportunity (MINEQ) project.

    Date posted: 9/10/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Abufhele, Alejandra, Andrés Castro Torres, and Luca Maria Pesando. 2021. "Parental Educational Similarity and Infant Health in Chile: Evidence from Administrative Records, 1990-2015." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-75.

    Date posted: 9/1/2021 | View listing
  • Kevin G. Volpp (PSC/PARC Research Associate) co-authored an article in JAMA Cardiology that was featured in Penn Today and Penn Medicine NewsTheir research finds when people set their own exercise goals and pursue them immediately, it's more likely to result in lasting positive changes.

    Date posted: 9/1/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Pesando, Luca Maria 2021. "Safer if Connected? Mobile Technology and Intimate Partner Violence." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-74. 

    Date posted: 8/30/2021 | View listing
  • Linda Aiken (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in CBS News about nursing burnout. “The problem is that we don’t have enough funded, permanent, full-time positions for nurses in the settings where they’re needed, namely hospitals, nursing homes and schools,” Aiken said.

    Date posted: 8/30/2021 | View listing
  • Wendy Roth (PSC Research Associate) was interviewed for an NPR segment about the potential role of genetic ancestry testing in the growth of the multiracial population in the 2020 Census.

    Date posted: 8/28/2021 | View listing
  • Olivia Mitchell (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was featured in a MarketWatch article about the ticking clock of solvency for Social Security.

    Date posted: 8/28/2021 | View listing
  • Congratulations to the recipients of the Penn Arts & Sciences Making a Difference in Global Communities and Klein Family Social Justice Grants. The Population Studies Center (PSC) and Population Aging Research Center (PARC) researchers who received the grants include Hans-Peter Kohler (PSC/PARC), Diverse Global Communities and Local Resource Allocation; Emilio A. Parrado (PSC/PARC), Reducing Inequalities in College Access in Latinx Communities in Philadelphia; Angela Duckworth (PSC), Diversity and Equity Initiative (DivE In) for the Mind Sciences; Morgan Hoke (PSC), Community Assessment of Race-Related Experience of Stress for Black Mothers.

    Date posted: 8/24/2021 | View listing
  • Date posted: 8/24/2021 | View listing
  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and co-author, Julia Raifman, wrote an Op-ed for The Hill calling for policy makers and leaders to take action in protective measures and preventive policies to avoid child hospitalizations. Indoor mask policies, emergency use authorization of vaccines for children, and vaccine requirements for school staff are a few recommendations Boen and Raifman highlight. (Getty Images/iStock Photo) 

    Date posted: 8/19/2021 | View listing
  • Iliana Kohler (PSC/PARC Research Associate) is the newly-elected representative for Research Faculty on University Council for the 2021-2023 term.
    Congratulations Iliana!

    Date posted: 8/19/2021 | View listing
  • Kevin Volpp (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in Politifact article about the success of lotteries to incentivize vaccination uptake. Academic studies of early vaccine lotteries do provide reason for skepticism about how successful such programs have been. However, the studies so far have produced mixed findings, rather than unanimously negative ones. Two studies of Ohio’s lottery found a positive impact while two found no impact or a negative impact. Experts say that even in the most optimistic case, any gains from lotteries are likely to be small and would need to be supplemented by other efforts.

    Date posted: 8/19/2021 | View listing
  • Joseph Kable (PSC/PARC Research Associate) presented on "How the Imagination Works" as part of the Penn SAS Big Ideas for Strange Times series.

    Date posted: 8/17/2021 | View listing
  • Olivia S. Mitchell (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was interviewed for the Knowledge@Wharton podcast about the potential for the federal government to "green" its pension plan.

    Date posted: 8/16/2021 | View listing
  • Linda H. Aiken (PSC/PARC Research Associate) wrote an Op-ed for The New York Times about the need for better nursing support including improved working conditions and nurse staffing policies. Aiken has been researching nursing outcomes for years through the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, which she founded in 1989. (iStock Photo)

    Date posted: 8/12/2021 | View listing
  • Xi Song (PSC Research Associate) received the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award from the ASA Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility, awarded annually to recognize a scholar who has made major contributions early in their career.

    Date posted: 8/6/2021 | View listing
  • Hyunjoon Park's (PSC/PARC Research Associate) Demographic Research paper, "Diverging Gaps in Childcare Time by Parental Education in South Korea," was selected by the editorial board as one of the best papers in Volume 44 and will be included in the Editor's Choice collection.

    Date posted: 8/6/2021 | View listing
  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was awarded the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Aging and the Life Course Outstanding Publication Award for “Criminal Justice Contacts and Psychophysiological Functioning in Early Adulthood: Health Inequality in the Carceral State,” published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

    Date posted: 8/6/2021 | View listing
  • Raghav Gaiha (PSC/PARC Research Affiliate) co-authored an Op-ed in Economic Times about the association between economic deprivation and fertility among Muslim women in India.

    Date posted: 8/4/2021 | View listing
  • New research in JAMA Network Open co-authored by John MacDonald (PSC Research Associate) found that increasing the number of houses that received the Philadelphia Basic Systems Repair Program intervention on a block was associated with a dose-dependent decrease in crime. These findings suggest that intentional and targeted financial investment in structural, scalable, and sustainable place-based interventions in neighborhoods that are still experiencing the lasting consequences of structural racism and segregation is a vital step toward achieving health equity. Read more in PlanPhilly.

    Date posted: 7/28/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Gonalons-Pons, Pilar 2021. "Paid Family Leave and the Gender Division of Paid and Unpaid Work.University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-73.

    Date posted: 7/27/2021 | View listing
  • PSC and PARC Researchers Linda H. AikenHerb L. SmithJere R. BehrmanDavid Bravo and Matthew D. McHugh and co-authors published an article in The Lancet Global Health entitled, "Hospital Nurse Staffing and Patient Outcomes in Chile: A Multilevel Cross-sectional Study." The study showed that establishing safe nurse staffing standards in hospitals in Chile could save lives, prevent readmissions, shorten hospital stays, and reduce costs. Read more in the Penn Nursing press release and Penn Today.

    Date posted: 7/26/2021 | View listing
  • Pilar Gonalon-Pons (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the child tax credit under the American Rescue Plan and accessiblity issues for low-income families.

    Date posted: 7/21/2021 | View listing
  • Irma Elo (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in an NBC News article discussing causes in the decline in life expectancy in the US. The particular impact the pandemic had on Hispanic and Black Americans "reflects the inequalities that were present before the pandemic that have to do with unequal access to health care and racial and ethnic disparities in health more generally, which largely have to do with socioeconomic disadvantages," said Irma Elo

    Date posted: 7/21/2021 | View listing
  • Samuel Preston (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the drop in life expectancy in the United States and excess deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Date posted: 7/21/2021 | View listing
  • Hans-Peter Kohler (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was interviewed on the KYW News Radio In Depth podcast about the consequences of declining birth rates in the United States.

    Date posted: 7/8/2021 | View listing
  • PARC Associates, Julia LynchRachel Werner, and PSC Associate, Sharon Wolf, were featured in Penn Today discussing the unequal effects exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic issues which contribute to these inequalities, and solutions for addressing inequalities in poltics, health care, and education.

    Date posted: 6/29/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Liu, Xiaoying, Huazhang Miao, Jere Behrman, Emily Hannum, Zhijiang Liang, and Qingguo Zhao. 2021. "The Asian Games, Air Pollution and Birth Outcomes in South China: An Instrumental Variable Approach." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-72. 

    Date posted: 6/22/2021 | View listing
  • Pilar Gonalons-Pons (PSC/PARC Research Associate) recently co-authored a paper “Marriage and Masculinity: Male-Breadwinner Culture, Unemployment, and Separation Risk in 29 Countries,” in American Sociological Review was featured in ScienceDaily and Penn Today.

    Date posted: 6/10/2021 | View listing
  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Morgan Hoke's (PSC Research Associate) recent Social Science & Medicine paper eviction and heath was featured in an LDI Health Policy$ense blog post entitled "The Long-term Health Effects of Eviction on Young Adults Continued Protections Needed Beyond the Pandemic." Boen and Hoke were invited to present and discuss their work at the The National Low Income Housing Coalition's June 7th weekly National Call on HoUsed: Universal, Stable, Affordable Housing, watch the YouTube video.

    Date posted: 6/7/2021 | View listing
  • Pilar Gonalons-Pons (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was interviewed in Penn Today about the potential effects of the expanded child tax credits as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

    Date posted: 6/3/2021 | View listing
  • Irma Elo (PSC/PARC Research Associate), Samuel Preston (PSC/PARC Research Associate), and Neil Mehta (GGD alumni) were featured in a recent issue of Today's Research on Aging published by the Population Reference Bureau.

    Date posted: 5/28/2021 | View listing
  • Irma T. Elo (PSC/PARC Research Associate), Samuel H. Preston (PSC/PARC Research Associate), and Andrew Stokes (GGD Alumnus) co-authored a new article published in PLOS Medicine entitled, "COVID-19 and Excess Mortality in the United States: A County-level Analysis." Read more about it in the Boston University Press Release.

    Date posted: 5/20/2021 | View listing
  • Joseph Kable (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was featured in Penn Today about his new research that examines the roles of neuronetworks in the brain in moments of imagination.

    Date posted: 5/17/2021 | View listing
  • Matthew McHugh (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was featured in Penn Today about new research on minimum hospital nurse-to-patient ratio policies.

    Date posted: 5/17/2021 | View listing
  • Nazar Khalid, Ph.D. Candidate in the Graduate Group in Demography (GGD), was awarded the Inaugural Presidential PhD Fellowship. Drawing from the most accomplished and diverse Ph.D. trainees, the 2021 Presidential Ph.D. Fellows come from across the nine schools at Penn that offer Ph.D. programs. Read the announcement in Penn Today.

    Date posted: 5/13/2021 | View listing
  • Aashish Gupta, Ph.D. Candidate in the Graduate Group of Demography (GGD), and co-authors, Sangita Vyas and Payal Hathi, received the Dorothy Swaine Thomas Award for their paper, "Social Disadvantage, Economic Status, and Life Expectancy in Nine Indian States," at this year's PAA annual meeting. The Dorothy Swaine Thomas award is presented annually for the best graduate student paper on the interrelationships among social, economic and demographic variables. Watch the recording of the the Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony [time stamp: 4:37]. Congratulations!

    Date posted: 5/13/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Kulkarni, Vani, Veena Kulkarni, Katsushi Imai, and Raghav Gaiha. 2021. "Changes in Subjective versus Objective Well-Being in India." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-71.

    Date posted: 5/12/2021 | View listing
  • Daniel Aldana Cohen (PSC Research Associate) was interviewed in the latest episode of OMNIA's In These Times podcast about the fight against environmental racism and moving toward environmental justice.

    Date posted: 5/11/2021 | View listing
  • Harsha Thirumurthy (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in Penn Today discussing the role of politics and public health in India's COVID-19 crisis.

    Date posted: 5/11/2021 | View listing
  • Samuel Preston (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Yana Vierboom (GGD alumni) wrote an Op-ed published in The Guardian entitled, "Why Do Americans Die Earlier than Europeans?"

     

    Photograph: Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty Images

    Date posted: 5/4/2021 | View listing
  • Hans-Peter Kohler (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was interviewed on Smart Talk (WTIF), a regional radio program, about the relationship between population growth, fertility rates, and economic impacts. Tune in at 31:20 to listen to the discussion.

    Date posted: 5/4/2021 | View listing
  • Hyunjoon Park (PSC Research Associate) was featured in the NY Daily News about his research on the limits of test prep and standardized testing in creating more diverse student populations, as New York City elite schools admit fewer Black and Latino students.

    Date posted: 5/4/2021 | View listing
  • Kevin Volpp (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in a West Virginia Public Broadcasting article on West Virginia's monetary incentives to increase COVID-19 vaccinations. “If it's the proverbial check is in the mail, that's going to be much less effective than if people get the savings bond right when they get vaccinated,” Volpp said.

    Date posted: 5/3/2021 | View listing
  • Tukufu Zuberi (PSC Research Associate) was interviewed in a recent segment of OMNIA's In These Times podcast. The episode entitled, National Myths and Monuments, features a discussion on the movement to reexamine monuments and the history and myths they symbolize, and how we should think about the artworks in our public squares.

    Date posted: 4/30/2021 | View listing
  • Kevin J. Thomas, GGD alumnus, was recently named a 2021 Carnegie Mellon Fellow. Kevin J. A. Thomas is professor of African and African Diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on international migration, global health, race-ethnicity, and African development.

    Dr. Thomas has received the David E. Bell Fellowship from Harvard University, the Raymond Lombra Award for Distinction in the Social Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University, and the Outstanding Book Award of the American Sociological Association’s Peace, War, and Social Conflict section.

    His project, “Life after Global Epidemics: Resilience, Recovery, and the Well-Being of Ebola Survivors in West Africa,” investigates how Ebola survivors and their communities in West Africa recovered from the 2014 Ebola epidemic.

    Date posted: 4/30/2021 | View listing
  • Early-Life Human Capital Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Project on Human Capital Development in Africa

    Co-PIs: Jere R. Behrman and Claudia Vazquez

    Jere Behrman (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Claudia Vazquez (University of San Andres, Argentina) summarize what is known and what is yet to be explored in Early-Life Human Capital Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as part of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).

    The project aims to:

    1. Describe current patterns of human resource investments in the preschool ages in SSA;
    2. Summarize what is known from previous studies in SSA and in other low- and middle-income countries about the determinants and the impacts of these human resource investments;
    3. Present new estimates of the “cost of inaction” in terms of lost future earnings from not making these investments, and;
    4. Present new estimates of the costs in terms of these investments in the COVID-19 pandemic and related policies.

    The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is undertaking a collaborative project on "Human Capital Development in Africa." Human capital investments in nutrition, health, education and training are widely perceived to be important components of economic development. Currently such investments are relatively low in most of SSA. Behrman and Vazquez, together with the results of other parts of the AERC project, will be presented in Kenya later this year and submitted for consideration for a special journal issue.


    Publication:

    Black, Maureen, Jere R. Behrman, et al. 2021. “Nurturing Care Promotes Human Capital and Mitigates Adversities from Preconception through Adolescence.” BMJ Global Health. 

    Date posted: 4/30/2021 | View listing
  • Alison Buttenheim (PSC Research Associate) was quoted in The Washington Post about the behavioral science behind financial incentives for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Date posted: 4/27/2021 | View listing
  • Damon Centola (PSC Research Associate) was featured in Penn Today for his research on network dynamics and their applicability to NBA scouting. Centola discussed the value in untapped knowledge and seeking out influential individuals in networks. Centola was also featured on The David Pakman Show, applying the same research to the process of "going viral" and achieving social change.

    Date posted: 4/22/2021 | View listing
  • Pilar Gonalons-Pons (PSC Research Associate) and Alison Buttenheim (PSC Research Associate) was featured in a New York Times piece about gendered motivations for getting vaccinated. Women lost the majority of the earliest jobs in food services, retail businesses, health care and government jobs and have been the main caretakers of their immediate families and sick relatives during the pandemic. Getting the vaccine for women means they are able to take care of their families and get back into the workforce.

    Date posted: 4/22/2021 | View listing
  • Wendy Roth (PSC Research Associate) was interviewed in Maisonneuve about people who discover non-paternity events through DNA testing and how it impacts their identities. Roth's research about genetic testing and identity was also featured in a Consumer Reports article. 

     

    Illustration by Cécile Gariépy

    Date posted: 4/21/2021 | View listing
  • Norma Coe (PARC Research Associate) and Rachel Werner (PSC/PARC Research Associate) co-authored an Op-ed published in Newsweek. Their piece recognizes and discusses the importance of including home care workers in Biden's infrastructure plan.

    Date posted: 4/20/2021 | View listing
  • Samuel Preston (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Yana Vierboom (GGD alumnus) were featured in Penn Today for their publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article dives into their research on the increase of excess mortality in the United States. Preston and Vierboom were also featured in The Guardian.

    Date posted: 4/20/2021 | View listing
  • New Penn Education and Inequality Working Paper: Shen, Wensong, and Emily Hannum. 2020. "Effect Pathways of Informal Family Separation on Children’s Outcomes: Paternal Labor Migration and Long-term Educational Attainment of Left-Behind Children in Rural China." Penn Education and Inequality Working Papers, #8.

    Date posted: 4/19/2021 | View listing
  • Frank Furstenberg (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in The Atlantic about financial and emotional stressors on modern parents. The article entitled, "Parents Are Sacrificing Their Social Lives on the Altar of Intensive Parenting," discusses the anxiety parents can experience when balancing careers, social lives, and parenting.

    Date posted: 4/18/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Kulkarni, Vani S, and Raghav Gaiha. 2021. "The Role of Public Trust in People's Subjective Well-Being." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-70.

    Date posted: 4/16/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Fang, Hanming, Ziteng Lei, Liguo Lin, and Peng Zhang. 2021. "Family Companionship and Elderly Suicide: Evidence from the Chinese Lunar New Year." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-69.

    Date posted: 4/13/2021 | View listing
  • Olivia Mitchell (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in Penn Today and Knowledge@Wharton about the growing number of older Americans in debt. “This is a very different world in terms of debt than our parents and grandparents lived in,” says Olivia S. Mitchell, a Wharton professor of business economics and public policy who co-authored the working paper, “Understanding Debt in the Older Population,” published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

    Date posted: 4/13/2021 | View listing
  • New research by Olivia Mitchell (PSC/PARC Research Associate), in Penn Today, examines the financial well-being among Black and Hispanic women.

    Date posted: 4/6/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Musick, Kelly, Pilar Gonalons-Pons, and Christine Schwartz. 2021. "Change and Variation in Couples' Earnings Equality Following Parenthood." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-68.

    Date posted: 4/1/2021 | View listing
  • Pilar Gonalons-Pons (PSC Research Associate) was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the history of childcare in the US and how the pandemic has shed a light on social and economic problems in childcare.

    Date posted: 3/27/2021 | View listing
  • Rebecca Schut, a joint PhD student in the Graduate Group in Demography and Sociology, was named a 2021-2022 Dean's Scholar for her academic performance and intellectual promise. Register to attend the virtual celebration on April 21, 2021 at 4:30 PM. Congratulations Rebecca!

    Date posted: 3/24/2021 | View listing
  • Chenoa Flippen (PSC Research Associate) has been selected for the Provost's Award for Distinguished PhD Teaching and Mentoring. This award is in recognition of her commitment to teaching at Penn. The selection committee chose her from a competitive nomination pool based on the letters written on her behalf by our colleagues and students.

    Date posted: 3/19/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Kämpfen, Fabrice, Fatima Zahra, Hans-Peter Kohler, and Rachel Kidman. 2021. "The Effects of Negative Economic Shocks at Birth on Adolescents’ Cognitive Health and Educational Attainment in Malawi." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-67.

    Date posted: 3/19/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Kohler, Iliana, Fabrice Kämpfen, Alberto Ciancio, James Mwera, Victor Mwapasa, and Hans-Peter Kohler. 2021. "Curtailing COVID-19 on a Dollar-a-Day in Malawi: Implications for the Ongoing Pandemic." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-66.

    Date posted: 3/15/2021 | View listing
  • Irma Elo (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Regina Baker (PSC Research Associate) are credited with research support in a recent episode of the TradeOffs podcast. Listen to the episode and read more here.

    Date posted: 3/11/2021 | View listing
  • The climate + community project, a new climate policy research network co-directed by Daniel Aldana Cohen (PSC Research Associate), launched on March 13 with a report advocating a Green Stimulus for K-12 Schools, in partnership with Rep. Jamaal Bowman. Cohen was quoted in the Huffington Post's story about the launch and report. 

    Date posted: 3/11/2021 | View listing
  • Irma Elo (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Samuel Preston (PSC/PARC Research Associate) were featured in Penn Today about the new National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine report on High Mortality.

    Date posted: 3/11/2021 | View listing
  • Jere Behrman (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Linda Aiken (PSC/PARC Research Associate) were featured in a list of the top 100 Researchers with h-indexes that exceed 100, according to their Google Scholar Profiles. Behrman's Google Scholar profile and Aiken's Google Scholar profile feature thousands of articles dating back across their careers.

    Date posted: 3/8/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Greenwood, Jeremy, Nezih Guner, and Ricardo Marto. 2021. "The Great Transition: Kuznets Facts for Family-Economists." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-65.

    Date posted: 3/3/2021 | View listing
  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Morgan Hoke (PSC Research Associate) co-authored new research, published in Social Science & Medicine, that links eviction to a greater risk for depression. Read more in Penn Today.

    Date posted: 3/3/2021 | View listing
  • Linda Aiken (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in a WHYY article discussing the outcomes of understaffing in hospitals.

    Date posted: 3/2/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Hoke, Morgan and Courtney Boen. 2021. "The Health Impacts of Eviction: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-64.

    Date posted: 2/26/2021 | View listing
  • Olivia Mitchell (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was interviewed in a recent episode of the Knowledge@Wharton podcast about why early 401k withdrawls are a bad idea. The 2020 CARES Act allowed people under a certain age to access up to $100,000 from their 401k's without penalty, but Mitchell warns against this considering the potential loss of returns on investments and other downsides.

    Date posted: 2/23/2021 | View listing
  • Atheendar Venkataramani (PSC/PARC Research Associate) moderated the first LDI Health Equity virtual seminar of 2021. The virtual seminar dives into the interconnections of voting, structural racism, and health inequities. Read more about the seminar in Penn LDI news.

    Date posted: 2/20/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Hervé, Justine, Subha Mani, Jere Behrman, Arindam Nandi, Anjana Sankhil Lamkang, and Ramanan Laxminarayan. 2021. "Gender Gaps in Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills: Roles of SES and Gender Attitudes." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-63.

    Date posted: 2/19/2021 | View listing
  • Daniel Aldana Cohen (PSC Research Associate) was interviewed in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the Texas electricity black-outs and how a Green New Deal could prevent such disasters. Cohen discusses the disadvantages of deregulated and market-based energy systems.

    Date posted: 2/18/2021 | View listing
  • The Behavior Change for Good Initiative (BCFG), co-directed by Angela Duckworth (PSC Research Associate), at the Wharton School and the School of Arts & Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, today released findings from two of the largest-ever research studies aimed at increasing vaccine adoption. Read more about the research in Penn Today.

    Date posted: 2/18/2021 | View listing
  • Damon Centola (PSC Research Associate) was interviewed for a recent segment of The Money with Richard Aedy, an Australian radio program. Centola discussed how social change happens and his reseach on the science of networks. 

    Date posted: 2/18/2021 | View listing
  • Wendy Roth (PSC Research Associate) was featured in The New York Times and appeared on The Behavior Corner podcast discussing her research on genetic ancestry testing and racial perceptions.

    Date posted: 2/16/2021 | View listing
  • Research by Wendy Roth (PSC Research Associate) was cited in a New York Times Op-ed entitled, "America’s Brutal Racial History Is Written All Over Our Genes." The article discusses the relationship between genetic testing services, identity, and perceptions of race in the US.

    Date posted: 2/16/2021 | View listing
  • Tukufu Zuberi (PSC Research Associate) launched a new YouTube channel entitled, Curating National Narratives, which will feature his documentaries, African Independence; a history of ancient Sudan entitled, “Before Things Fell Apart” and “Decolonizing The Narrative,” a series on museums, reparations, restitution, and race. The YouTube channel will provide a space for critical engagement with how national narratives are told. Read more in Dosage Magazine.

    Date posted: 2/15/2021 | View listing
  • A new LDI/PARC Research Brief on a recent study by Alberto Ciancio, Fabrice Kämpfen, Hans-Peter Kohler, and Iliana Kohler looking at the health effects of blood pressure screenings for adults in rural Malawi. The PARC team found that adults with elevated blood pressure who were referred to a health care provider were 22 percentage points less likely to have hypertension four years later. They also reported better subjective mental health and were more likely to be taking blood pressure medication. The study has a number of important implications for health screenings and population health management in rural and low-income countries.

    Date posted: 2/4/2021 | View listing
  • Iliana Kohler (PSC/PARC Research Associate) received the National Academy of Medicine Catalyst Grant Award. The project, entitled "Leveraging Social Networks and Linkage to Care to Foster Healthy Aging in a Low-Income Context," aims at understanding how social networks could be used to more effectively disseminate elder health information about non-communicable diseases throughout a country lacking the mass communications infrastructure of industrialized nations. Read more in the
    Penn LDI announcement.

    Date posted: 2/4/2021 | View listing
  • Daniel Aldana Cohen's (PSC Research Associate) book, A Planet to Win, has been translated into Brazilian Portuguese by Autonomia Literária, with a new preface by Raquel Rolnik, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on housing as a human right and Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the
    University of São Paulo.

    Date posted: 2/4/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Georgiadis, Andreas, Liza Benny, Paul Dornan, and Jere Behrman. 2021. "Maternal Undernutrition in Adolescence and Child Human Capital Formation over the Life-Course: Evidence from an International Cohort Study." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-62.

    Date posted: 2/3/2021 | View listing
  • Wendy Roth (PSC Research Associate) created a video for the Penn Latin American and Latinx Studies Program (LALS) describing her career and research on the dynamics of racial classification in the United States and Latin America. Roth discusses some her of past and current projects surrounding the questions of why and how racial classification changes across
    cultures and geographies.

    Date posted: 1/28/2021 | View listing
  • Olivia S. Mitchell (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was featured in Penn Today about getting financially fit in 2021. Mitchell gives five financial resolutions for people who aim to save and eliminate debt in 2021.

    Date posted: 1/22/2021 | View listing
  • Iliana Kohler (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was featured in a video produced by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global for Development about treating the causes of depression in Malawi. Watch the full video: "How Does Mental Wellbeing Connect to Physical Health in Sub-Saharan Africa?"

    Date posted: 1/6/2021 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Liu, Xiaoying, Jere Behrman, Emily Hannum, Fan Wang, and Qingguo Zhao. 2021. "Same Environment, Stratified Impacts? Air Pollution, Extreme Temperatures, and Birth Weight in Southeast China." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-60.

    Date posted: 1/6/2021 | View listing