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Daniel Aldana Cohen recently wrote an article published in The Guardian about a climate plan and the housing crisis.

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04 October 2019

Olivia S. Mitchell is the 2019 recipient of The Ketchum Prize. The Ketchum Prize—honoring Richard G. Ketchum, the former chairman and CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and a distinguished leader in the field of securities regulation—recognizes outstanding service and research to advance investor protection and financial capability in the U.S. More »

04 October 2019

Jere R. Behrman was recently awarded funding from NIH for his project "Foundational Cognitive Skills in Developing Countries: Early-Life Nutritional, Climatic and Policy Determinants and Impacts on Adolescent Education, Socio-emotional Competencies and Risky Behaviors.” 

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03 October 2019

Alison Buttenheim was recently quoted in an article in the New York Times. Read "How Anti-Vaccine Sentiment Took Hold in the United States.

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26 September 2019

Wendy Roth was recently featured in a Huffington Post article about the role of DNA kits like 23andMe in perceptions of race and identity. “Race is not something that is just genetic. Genetics play a part, but only a part,” Roth explains. “The way that sociologists define race is something that is socially determined, that refers to aspects of your biology or your ancestry. But it’s only referring to them.”

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20 September 2019

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Kulkarni, Veena, Vani S Kulkarni, and Raghav Gaiha. 2019. "Employment, Aging and Disease in India." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2019-29.

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17 September 2019

Mark D. Neumann, PARC Research Associate, was recently quoted in a Penn Medicine News article about post surgery prescription of opioids. More »

10 September 2019

Alison Buttenheim, PSC & PARC Research Associate, was recently named Director of Engagement at the Leonard Davis Institute. This new position will focus on the connection of senior and associate fellows to research resources. Read more in LDI News.

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10 September 2019

A new article co-authored by Harsha Thirumurthy, PARC Research Associate, was recently published in JAMA Network Open. Read more about "Effect of Prices, Distribution Strategies, and Marketing on Demand for HIV Self-testing in Zimbabwe: A Randomized Clinical Trial" on the LD More »

10 September 2019

Collin Payne, GGD alumn, and Michel Guillot, PSC & PARC Research Associate, recently introduced a new way of measuring life expectancy accounting for the historical mortality conditions that today's older generations lived through. More »

05 September 2019

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Greenwood, Jeremy, Nezih Guner, and Karen Kopecky. 2019. "The Wife's Protector: The Effect of Contraception on Marriage during the 20th Century." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2019-28. 

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03 September 2019

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Kulkarni, Vani, Veena Kulkarni, and Raghav Gaiha. 2019. "Trust in Hospitals-Evidence from India." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2019-27.

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27 August 2019

Dennis Culhane was recently quoted in a USA Today article Motels as Homeless Shelters? More Local Governments are Housing People in Motel Rooms. “You have an asset that you can basically just polish up and improve. That makes it a lot faster and probably more affordable than having to start from scratch,” Culhane said.

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22 August 2019

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): 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.

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13 August 2019

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

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05 August 2019

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. More »

05 August 2019

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.

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31 July 2019

PSC Associate Wendy D. Roth's work on race has been mentioned in this recent New York Times article, How White Nationalists See What They Want to See in DNA Tests.

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30 July 2019

PSC Associate Olivia S. Mitchell discusses what longer lifespans may mean for aging workers. Between ageism in hiring, a shaky Social Security system, and changes to rules regarding annuities, the future of retirement looks uncertain on Knowledge@Wharton podcast. More »

30 July 2019

New research by PSC Associate Corinne Low and co-authors aims to develop a method for studying the hiring process without relying on subterfuge: incentivized resume rating. The model has hiring managers knowingly review fake resumes before being matched with real-life candidates with similar qualifications. More »

30 July 2019

PSC Associate Daniel Aldana Cohen gave part to a VICE interview discussing climate changes and inequality that potentially occur when disasters strike.

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27 July 2019

As reported in Omnia and Penn Today, PSC Associate Richard Berk discusses how existing crime patterns can be used to forecast violent events. His research, conducted with Susan B. More »

19 July 2019

On Knowledge@Wharton and in a Penn Today article, PSC Associate Mark V. Pauly discusses the future of the Affordable Care Act, which is being reviewed by the courts. More »

17 July 2019

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Pandey, Manoj, Vani Kulkarni, and Raghav Gaiha. 2019. "Non-communicable Diseases and Depression: Evidence from South Africa." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2019-25.

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16 July 2019

PSC Associate Dorothy Roberts was interviewed by NPR about the case of Marshae Jones, who was indicted on manslaughter charges after her fetus was shot by another woman.

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16 July 2019

Research by PSC researcher, Angela Lee Duckworth, and co-authors was highlighted in Penn TodayIn a study of 2,000 high schoolers supported by the Behavior Change for Good Initiative, students who gave motivational advice t More »

16 July 2019

PSC Associate Daniel Aldana Cohen and PSC Affiliate Kevin Ummel published Follow the Carbon: The Case for Neighborhood-Level Carbon Footprints, a policy digest with Penn's Kleinman Center for Energy Policy.

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15 July 2019

PSC and PARC Associate Olivia S. Mitchell authored an article in The Hill about the Butch Lewis Act currently before congress.

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02 July 2019

Dorothy Roberts, PSC Associate, and co-author penned responses to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the conviction and death sentence of Curtis Flowers based on racially motivated exclusions of potential jurors. While Roberts and Hollway believe the Court’s decision is sound, they question whether the ruling on the narrow context of one case alone weakens the institution of peremptory challenge itself. More »

01 July 2019

A new study published in PLOS Medicine by Atheendar Venkataramani, PSC & PARC Associate, focuses on how affirmative action bans reduce the chances of underrepresented students’ admission to college and may increase their likelihood of smoking or drinking to excess. More »

01 July 2019

PSC Associate Dorothy Roberts' 2011 book Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century (New Press), tops a new “Antiracist Reading List” published by the New York Times.

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01 July 2019

Michel Guillot, PSC & PARC Associate, was recently interviewed in Penn Today about a new paper published in More »

01 July 2019

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Amin, Vikesh, Jere Behrman, Jason Fletcher, Carlos Flores, Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, and Hans-Peter Kohler. 2019. "Mental Health, Schooling Attainment and Polygenic Scores: Are There Significant Gene-Environment Associations?." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2019-24.

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26 June 2019

PSC Associate, Jason Schnittker, was quoted in a Pittsburg Post-Gazette about older adults being generally positive about their health as they age. More »

19 June 2019

PSC & PARC Associates and Affiliates, Norma B. Coe, Pilar Gonalons-Pons, Rachel M. Werner, and Nancy A. Hodgson, joined top University of Pennsylvania health policy experts and members of the Penn class of 1969 a couple weeks ago on a panel with the Leonard Davis Institute.

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13 June 2019

Research by Linda H. Aiken and Matthew D. McHugh was quoted in a New York Times article about the business of healthcare and its negative effects on healthcare providers.

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10 June 2019

Olivia S. Mitchell was quoted in a SavvyMoney article about social security. She says, "the Social Security "Breakeven" age 'induces people to think about the chance of dying too soon, rather than focusing them on what Social Security is best at – namely, protecting us against".

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10 June 2019

PSC Associate Dorothy Roberts spoke at Rutgers University-Newark's commencement ceremony about her work on the intersection of race, reproductive justice, and social systems.

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10 June 2019

Olivia S. Mitchell has been listed as one of Worth Magazine's 16 Powerhouse Female Economists.

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07 June 2019

Courtney Boen was quoted in a Penn Today article about the United States having the worst maternal mortality rate of any developed country and that rate steadily rising, increasing by 26% between 2000 and 2014. More »

07 June 2019

David S. Mandell received the Dennis O’Brian Advocacy Award for his amazing work supporting individuals with autism in Philadelphia Schools.

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07 June 2019

Hans-Peter Kohler was quoted in a Time Magazine article about reasons for the declining birth rates in the country.

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05 June 2019

Kevin G. Volpp and co-authors published an article in Harvard Business Review about gamification programs in behavioural health.

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04 June 2019

PSC Associate Hanming Fang and his collaborators have created VoxChina.org, a space for discussing China’s economy in an Omnia article.

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03 June 2019

French Institute for Demographic Studies Director (INED) Magda Tomasini, and Population Studies Center of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn PSC) Director Herbert L. Smith, have signed a 3-year partnership agreement. 

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30 May 2019

PSC & PARC Associate Mark V. Pauly was quoted on a Knowledge@Wharton podcast episode about allegations that generic drug makers conspired to fix prices.

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22 May 2019

PSC & PARC associate Olivia S. Mitchell discusses her research on the role of annuities in retirement planning on an episode of the Knowledge@Wharton podcast.

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22 May 2019

The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) is pleased to announce the appointment of PSC Associate, Onoso Imoagene, as visiting scholar for the 2019–2020 academic year. While in residence, she and the other scholars will pursue research and writing projects that reflect the foundation’s commitment to strengthening the social sciences and conducting research to “improve social and living conditions in the United States.”

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14 May 2019

PSC & PARC Associate, Irma T. Elo has been awarded the 2019 Making a Difference in Diverse Communities Grant for her "Cognitive Decline with Aging in Diverse Chilean Communities and in Comparison with Mexico and the U.S" project with fellow PSC & PARC Associate Jere R. Behrman.

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14 May 2019

PSC Associates, Kevin G. Volpp and Atheendar Venkataramani, are being honoured at the 2019 Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Annual Meeting. Volpp is receiving The John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research and Venkataramani, the Best Published Research Paper of the Year. More »

09 May 2019

PSC Associate, Alison M. Buttenheim got to talk about measles, vaccines, and vaccine-hesitant parents on WhyyRadioTimes. Listen for more here.

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06 May 2019

PSC Associate, Alison M. Buttenheim said in an MPRNews interview that people who oppose vaccinations for themselves and their children are not a homogenous group. As a result, “a one-size-fits-all solution is not going to be the answer” when encouraging vaccination.

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02 May 2019

In an opinion piece for The Philadelphia Inquirer, PSC Associate Dorothy Roberts writes about the continued prevalence of eugenics, which posits that “better breeding” via the suppression of reproductive rights can improve humanity. More »

02 May 2019

Linda H. Aiken, PSC Associate and professor of sociology, was awarded during the 2019 Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching the Provosts Award For Distinguished PhD Teaching and Mentoring.

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02 May 2019

Angela Lee Duckworth and co-authors published an article in the Washington Post about how our environment influence our self-control.

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30 April 2019

In a Penn Today article and on Knowledge@WhartonOlivia S. Mitchell discusses the Treasury Department’s decision to allow private companies to pay retirees lump-sum pension payments. More »

18 April 2019

Akudo Ejelonu was awarded the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center’s Russell Ackoff Doctoral Student Fellowship Award for 2019-2020 for her research on environmentally-induced migration and health outcome of climate migrants. She also got an honourable mention from the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in March.

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18 April 2019

Jordan Weiss was awarded a fellowship from the Alzheimer's Association to present work on explaining trends in dementia incidence at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference this summer. 

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16 April 2019

Linda H. AikenJere R. Behrman, and Chilean colleagues on Chilean nursing evaluation project with Chilean Minister of Health after a briefing in Santiago, Chile.

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16 April 2019

On Knowledge@WhartonOlivia S. Mitchell discusses an American Economic Association survey that reveals high levels of gender and racial bias in the field of economics. “It’s very depressing, actually,” says Mitchell. “I’ve been teaching for 40 years now, and, sure, 40 years ago there were very few women in the profession. You stood out. You were sometimes made to feel uncomfortable or awkward. More »

16 April 2019

Daniel Cohen was quoted in a Sierra Magazine essay that feautured his recently co-authored paper in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. The paper focuses on the contradictions of eco-gentrification and housing justice.

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16 April 2019

At the first Penn and Slavery Symposium, hosted by Dorothy Roberts and researchers, students, faculty, and community members talked about the University’s connections to slavery. The meeting featured the unveiling of an augmented-reality project that will be expanded to spots all across campus this fall. More »

08 April 2019

PSC & PARC associate Heather Schofield led a group of Wharton students on a four-day trip to Ethiopia during spring break for a close-up look at the African nation’s health, agricultural, business, and political sectors. Students said the Global Modular Course experience gave them perspectives they never could have found in a book. More »

05 April 2019

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Joung, Andrew, Benjamin Lockwood, and Alex Rees-Jones. 2018. "A Pilot Study of Uncertainty in Income Tax Forecasts." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2018-23. 

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28 March 2019

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Furstenberg, Frank 2019. "Family Change in Global Perspective: How and Why Family Systems Change." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2019-22.

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28 March 2019

Daniel Aldana Cohen recently gave a two-part interview with Real News Network regarding his work on the Green New Deal. You can listen to part 1 and part 2 here. 

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22 March 2019

Can closing homeless encampments help Philadelphia’s opioid problem? More »

19 March 2019

People older than 50 are increasingly part of the country’s homeless population. “We should all be very concerned about this,” Dennis Culhane of the PSC says in a San Francisco Chronicle article. More »

12 March 2019

U.S. fertility rates are at an all-time low, partially due to delayed parenthood, increased childlessness, fewer unplanned teenage pregnancies, and declines in immigration. More »

12 March 2019

When tech companies move into a city, they often encourage a sustainability mindset. However, new research from PSC researcher Daniel Aldana Cohen, with collaborators from the University of Georgia, Southwestern University, and Portland State, shows that they also lead to gentrification and emissions that either stay the same or increase. Read more in Penn Today.

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11 March 2019

A paper co-authored by Olivia S. Mitchell was quoted in a Barron's article about restirement investments.

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05 March 2019

Mark V. Pauly wrote an article for The Inquirer's Health Cents Blog which is cross-posted on LDI's Health Policy$ence about Senator Kamala Harris' plan for medicare.

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04 March 2019

PSC Research Associate John M. MacDonald is now a member of the Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ). The mission of CLAJ is to improve governmental decision making and public policy and promote the understanding and dissemination of research in matters involving laws and justice. Learn more about CLAJ and its members here.

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28 February 2019

Daniel Aldana Cohen co-authored an article in The Guardian and was also quoted in The Atlantic and Pacific Standard about his article on The Green New Deal's Big Idea in More »

28 February 2019

PSC Research Associate, Camille Z. Charles, talks about W.E.B. Du Bois in a Penn Today article. In 1896, W.E.B. More »

25 February 2019

Richard A. Axilrod, WG’85, and Nancy M. Axilrod, parents, have made a $2 million gift to establish the Axilrod Term Fund in Health and Inequality. More »

12 February 2019

Annette Lareau of the PSC joined a conversation on KPCC Radio about unequal access to the resources necessary for “intensive parenting.”

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12 February 2019

Janice F. Madden was recently on Knowledge @ Wharton's podcast with Katherine Klein discussing the future of the #MeToo Movement. 

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11 February 2019

Jeremy Greenwood, PSC Research Associate and Professor of Economics, wrote "Evolving Households: The Imprint of Technology on Life," which was published this January by The MIT Press. More »

01 February 2019

Research from PSC Associate Dennis Culhane suggests that baby boomers experienced higher rates of homelessness than other generations, though it was unclear how the rates among post-boomer generations were affected by the mortgage crisis of the mid-2000s. Read more in Washington Post & Philadelphia Inquirer.

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30 January 2019

Hans-Peter Kohler, PSC & PARC research associate, discusses the recent decline in U.S. birth rates on a Marketplace podcast. “At the level we are observing it in the U.S., it is not a problem. If the U.S. More »

28 January 2019

PSC & PARC researcher, Mark V. Pauly, and co-researchers discuss what lies ahead for the Affordable Care Act in 2019 on the Knowledge@Wharton podcast.

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24 January 2019

Omnia interviewed Joseph Kable, PSC & PARC researcher and Baird Term Professor of Psychology, on why humans can’t seem to make the commitment to slow climate change.

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23 January 2019

Pilar Gonalons-Pons' work has been cited in The Philadelphia Inquirer in an article regarding the National Domestic Workers Bill. More »

22 January 2019

Check out the New Years message from Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

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18 January 2019

A new study co-led by the Wharton School’s Gideon Nave and PSC & PARC Associate Joseph Kable found that brain size has a slight, but ultimately insignificant, correlation to intelligence in a Philadelphia Inquirer article.

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05 January 2019