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The Boettner Center for Pensions and Retirement Research has as its mission the support of scholarly research, teaching, and outreach on global aging, successful retirement, and public and private pensions. The center also disseminates research findings to international audiences of academics and policymakers and supports data development efforts at the University of Pennsylvania. Core concerns of the Boettner Center -- population aging, the economics of intergenerational exchange, and health and investment across the life cycle -- overlap with those of the PSC.

The Boettner Center was recruited to the Penn during the early 1990s by former PSC Directors Samuel Preston and Jane Menken as the Boettner Institute of Financial Gerontology. It was originally a part of the PSC and it is now located in the Wharton School, where it is directed by Professor Olivia S. Mitchell, a long-time member of the PSC. Dr. Beth Soldo, also of the PSC and then Director of the Population Aging Research Center (PARC), was Penn's first Boettner Chair Professor. The current Boettner Chair Professor is Kent Smetters of the Wharton School. The Boettner Advisory Board draws heavily from the PSC and PARC leadership, and the Boettner Director is a member of the Executive Committee of the PSC. Boettner partners annually with the PSC and PARC in sponsoring the university-wide TRIO competition which supports population-related research via awards to new researchers and/or small grants for proposal development.

The Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) is a research and research training enterprise focusing on the outcomes of health care and health workforce policy. CHOPR draws together faculty, students, and pre- and post-doctoral fellows from nursing, sociology, demography, medicine, management, economics, and other related disciplines. Its research program includes numerous themes that intersect with the research ambit of the PSC, including nursing workforce issues (labor supply, international migration, human capital investment), the evaluation of legislation and policy on labor supply and health outcomes, the relationship between the organization of hospitals and racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in the population, and the influence of changing populations (distribution, composition) on the provision of nursing care within hospitals.

CHOPR was established in Penn's School of Nursing in 1989. It is directed by Professor Linda Aiken, a nurse and sociologist trained in demography, and a long-time member of the PSC. At various times CHOPR has shared space with the PSC to accommodate personnel in overlapping research projects. CHOPR and the PSC have worked together to share computing staff. PSC research associates with expertise in statistics and research provide ongoing consulting to CHOPR, and are engaged as well in the CHOPR pre- and post-doc training program under an NINR T32 training award to CHOPR.

The Population Aging Research Center (PARC) fosters research on the demography and economics of health and aging. It solicits and encourages research on population and aging across the University of Pennsylvania and also sponsors global networks of population aging researchers. It is especially committed to research on aging from a population perspective that takes advantage of complementarities between the social and biological sciences, and which views aging within a life course framework.

PARC was established at Penn in 1994 by former PSC Director Samuel Preston and is housed within the PSC. It has enjoyed continuous funding as a research center under a succession of P30 awards from the National Institute of Aging (NIA). It sponsors graduate training in the demography of aging, jointly with the Graduate Group in Demography and the PSC, under an NIA T32 award. The leadership of PARC and the PSC have long been intertwined: Preston was the first Director; Dr. Beth Soldo, the second; Professor Claudia Valeggia the third; and Professor Irma Elo -- a past Director of the PSC, the current PARC Director. During various transitions, PSC Directors Jere Behrman and Herbert Smith have also taken interim PARC directorship roles. PARC and PSC have large membership overlaps and thus work together to create efficiencies in grants management, computing, and administration. PARC partners annually with the PSC and the Boettner Center in sponsoring the university-wide TRIO competition which supports population-related research via awards to new researchers and/or small grants for proposal development.