The PSC has four allied centers: research centers (or their equivalent) with which the PSC has mutually beneficial exchange relationships and formal ties.


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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 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 Olivia Mitchell, a long-time member of the PSC. Beth Soldo, a former PSC Research Associate and a past Director of PARC, was Penn's first Boettner Chair Professor. The Boettner Advisory Board draws heavily from the PSC leadership, and the Boettner Director is a member of the Executive Committee of the PSC. Boettner partners annually with the PSC in sponsoring the university-wide Quartet pilot grant competition which supports population-related research via awards to new researchers and/or small grants for proposal development.


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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 postdoctoral 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. The Associate Director, Matthew McHugh, is also a PSC Research Associate. CHOPR has shared space with the PSC to accommodate personnel in overlapping research projects. CHOPR and the PSC have also worked together to share computing staff. PSC Research Associates with expertise in statistics and research (Paul Allison, Paul Rosenbaum, Herbert Smith) 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.


Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania (PWH) is a global policy research center that advances interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on the world’s most urgent challenges. PWH draws on the wide range of expertise found across Penn’s 12 Schools, connecting Penn with policymakers, practitioners, and researchers from around the world to develop and advance innovative policy proposals. From its inception, Perry World House has placed issues of population change and population policy at the top of its agenda, with Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography as one of its two inaugural themes. High-level workshops, conferences, engagements, and publications link Penn to the global policy community. Professor of Law William Burke-White is Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director of Perry World House, and an ex officio member of the PSC Executive Committee. He, his colleagues, and staff work closely with the leadership and staff of the PSC on numerous conferences, workshops, and agendas of mutual interest, including support for PSC research. The global vision embodied in PWH’s name works well with the PSC’s international research agenda. PSC Research Associates are frequent and continuous contributors of expertise to the PWH program. The PSC benefits especially from PWH’s facilities: Perry World House is located in a new, state-of-the-art building at the center of Penn’s campus, just across a pedestrian bridge from the PSC. Its central location and excellent resources provide a great setting for conferences, workshops, and seminars, such as the December 2017 kick-off meeting of Michel Guillot’s NICHD-funded project on global mortality patterns under age 5.



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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). The leadership of PARC and the PSC have long been intertwined: Preston was the first Director; former PSC Research Associates Beth Soldo and Claudia Valeggia were the second and third and fourth Irma Elo (former PSC 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 in sponsoring the university-wide Quartet competition which supports population-related research via awards to early career researchers and/or small grants for proposal development.