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Population Studies Center: In the News


Huang, Zhiyong, and Fabrice Kämpfen. 2019. "Assessing (and Addressing) Reporting Heterogeneity in Visual Analogue Scales (VAS) with an Application to Gender Difference in Quality of Life." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2019-26.

--August 13, 2019

DNA Tests: Facts vs. Fiction

Wendy Roth recently was interviewed BYUradio by Julie Rose on DNA Tests: Fact vs. Fiction.

--August 5, 2019

Nursing home nurses lack time and resources for complete care

Research by PSC & PARC Associates Linda H. Aiken and Matthew D. McHugh shows that when nurses lack support and resources, the most vulnerable patients are at risk. Researchers found that one in five registered nurses reported frequently being unable to complete necessary patient care, leaving patients without comfort, conversation, and surveillance, and leaving nurses with high rates of burnout. Read more in Penn Today and Penn Nursing News.

--August 5, 2019

Eco-Apartheid Is Real

In an article for The Nation, PSC Associate Daniel Aldana Cohen discusses eco-apartheid, “a regime of greening affluence for the few at the expense of the many,” as when New York City-area utility Con Edison intentionally cut power in a predominately black and low-income neighborhood to avoid broader blackouts last week. Disparities in access to consistent and efficient utilities are a neglected part of the conversation, he writes.

--July 31, 2019

Want to learn about our PhD programs?


Monica King – GGD Alumni

Monica King is a recent graduate with a PhD in Demography and Master in Statistics. She is now working at Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice as director of the Administrative Data Research Facilities (ADRF) Network. When we spoke she was in the final stages of finishing her Dissertation. Below are answers to our some of our questions about her experience at Penn.

Quartet Pilot Project Competition

Request for Proposals:  2019-2020 Quartet Pilot Research Project Competition
Proposals are due Friday, March 15, 2019 | 5 pm

The Annual Quartet award competition is jointly sponsored by the PSC, the Population Aging Research Center, Boettner Center for Pension Retirement Research, and LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics. The competition promotes high quality and innovative research in demography, economics, and related social and behavioral sciences. Quartet awards are funded for one year (or less) in duration and are selected through competitive peer review. Click here to read about former and currently funded projects