International Population Research

International population research has a strong ameliorative component, e.g., improving the health and life chances in the world’s population through investments in nutrition and schooling, and in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Penn’s PSC has always been heavily weighted toward international population research. The international flavor of the PSC is important in faculty recruitment, since top scientists are recruited from a worldwide pool and many of the newest program scientists in the PSC at Penn originally came from abroad. Seventeen of the program scientists come from outside the US and another 6-7 have language skills that permit them to do fieldwork and/or give talks in languages other than English. The PSC’s presence in international population research is also very important to attracting the excellent graduate students who are crucial to the research environment at the PSC. We have hispanophone and francophone meals and are institutionalizing a colloquium talk in Spanish. The next is Fernández-Villaverde presenting his work with Krueger on demographic consequences of changes in health technology. Long-term, ongoing research sites provide cumulative, diffuse opportunities for project participation among rotating groups of program scientists, students, and non-Penn colleagues alike. Our desire to sustain and profit from accumulated international human and social capital has led to our international partnerships, an innovative plan tied to the Development Core. The term “partnerships” reflects our desire to continue the movement in the scientific community away from hierarchical relationships to those founded on exchange.