Jere R. Behrman

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229 McNeil


  • Jere R. Behrman, the W. R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics and Sociology and Research Associate of the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania, received the biennial Irene B. Taeuber 2017 award at the Population Association of America Annual Meetings in Chicago on 28 April. The Irene B. Taeuber award is presented in recognition of an unusually original or important contribution to the scientific study of population, or for an accumulated record of exceptionally sound and innovative research. Behrman’s research is in empirical micro economics, economic development, early childhood development, labor economics, human resources (education, training, health, nutrition), economic demography, household behaviors, life-cycle and intergenerational relations and policy evaluation. His network of collaborators spans the globe, ranges across multiple disciplines, and includes scholars from all career stages. He has published 415 articles in leading demographic, economic, sociology, public health, nutritional and biomedical journals and 35 books, and served on 157 Ph.D dissertation committees.
    Penn faculty and alumni were very present during the awards ceremony: Jere R. Behrman was presented the Irene B. Taeuber award (by Douglas Massey, a Penn alumnus). The Dorothy Swaine Thomas award is named after a former Penn faculty and first woman president of the American Sociological Association. The Harriet B. Presser award recipient, Frances Goldscheider, is a Penn alumna; so too is Robert J. Lapham award recipient was Cheikh Mbacke, a Penn alumnus.  Cheikh could not attend, so this award was accepted by Ayagah Bawah, another Penn alumnus. Penn News also covered this occassion.

    Photo credit: Art Antonik 

  • Jere Behrman
    participated this week in the Mexican launch of the 2017 Lancet Series on Early Childhood Development at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. The audience was about 400 people from academia, the Mexican government including the Ministers of Health and Finance, international organizations, and the press.  Jere Behrman and Rafael Peres-Escamilla, Professor of Epidemiology at Yale,  gave the presentation after Gilles Bergson, Director of the Sackler Institute at the New Your Academy of Science, introduced them (photo: Jere Behrman on the left, Gilles Bergson on the right, and Rafael on the far right).  This is one of about 10 launches of this series worldwide – Behrman has also participated in launches in India in October and in Chile in December 2016.  This the third Lancet Series on Early Childhood Development;  Jere Behrman was a co-author in the 2007 and 2011 Lancet Series, which have had considerable impact in making early childhood development a much higher priority on the global agenda and the agendas of many countries.  The current series estimates that about 250 million children under five years of age in low- and medium-income countries are at risk of not fulfilling their potential, with substantial costs to society, and evaluates alternatives for alleviating this problem. To learn more about other Lancet series on Early Childhood Development click here.
Associate Director, Population Aging Research Center
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1966

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