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Population Studies Center: In the News

Can Fighting Blight Prevent Gun Violence?

A Next City article mentions study by John MacDonald of the School of Arts and Sciences and others pointing to the value of reviving vacant and abandoned city lots. The researchers concluded that land restoration “can be an effective and scalable infrastructure intervention for gun violence, crime, and fear in urban neighborhoods.” Read more about the article and study here and here.

--March 8, 2018

Volpp and Pauly talk healthcare in recent MarketWatch article

Researchers Mark V. Pauly and Kevin G. Volpp have publish an article in MarketWatch about the effects of proposed government budget cuts to Medicare on healthcare.

--March 5, 2018

Preston and Elo examine impact of diabetes on US mortality trends

A study by Samuel Preston and Irma Elo uses nationally representative data to estimate the mortality hazards associated with diabetes, combining those hazards with the prevalence of diabetes to estimate the fraction of deaths attributable to diabetes and its effect on life expectancy. Evaluating the impact of diabetes on age-specific mortality may be salient in identifying the effect of rising obesity levels on US mortality and its contribution to racial/ethnic mortality disparities. Read more about this project here.

--February 27, 2018

LDI Pilot Grant Funds Evaluation Study of Philadelphia's Safe Injection Facility Concept

LDI Senior Fellows Douglas Wiebe and Mitesh Patel of the Perelman School of Medicine and Hans-Peter Kohler of the School of Arts and Sciences are using pilot grants to test concepts ranging from the support of Philadelphia's effort to launch the first safe injection site to the effect of survival perceptions on HIV patients and the change of physician behavior. Read LDI article here.

--February 13, 2018

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

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. Take a look at past Pilot Projects here.