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Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Morgan Hoke's (PSC Research Associate) recent Social Science & Medicine paper eviction and heath was featured in an LDI Health Policy$ense blog post entitled "More »

07 June 2021

Pilar Gonalons-Pons (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was interviewed in Penn Today about the potential effects of the expanded child tax credits as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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03 June 2021

Olivia S. Mitchell (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor about how the pandemic has forced boomers to rethink retirement plans.

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01 June 2021

Irma Elo (PSC/PARC Research Associate), Samuel Preston (PSC/PARC Research Associate), and Neil Mehta (GGD alumni) were featured in a recent issue of Today's Research on Aging published by the Population Reference Bureau.

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28 May 2021

Kevin G. Volpp (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in a Penn Medicine News article about new research that found adding gamification with either competition or support increased physical activity for patients with Type 2 diabetes.

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24 May 2021

Joseph Kable (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was featured in Penn Today about his new research that examines the roles of neuronetworks in the brain in moments of imagination.

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17 May 2021

Matthew McHugh (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was featured in Penn Today about new research on minimum hospital nurse-to-patient ratio policies.

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17 May 2021

Nazar Khalid, Ph.D. Candidate in the Graduate Group in Demography (GGD), was awarded the Inaugural Presidential PhD Fellowship. Drawing from the most accomplished and diverse Ph.D. trainees, the 2021 Presidential Ph.D. Fellows come from across the nine schools at Penn that offer Ph.D. programs. More »

13 May 2021

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Kulkarni, Vani, Veena Kulkarni, Katsushi Imai, and Raghav Gaiha. 2021. "Changes in Subjective versus Objective Well-Being in India." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-71.

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12 May 2021

Daniel Aldana Cohen (PSC Research Associate) was interviewed in the latest episode of OMNIA's In These Times podcast about the fight against environmental racism and moving toward environmental justice.

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11 May 2021

Harsha Thirumurthy (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in Penn Today discussing the role of politics and public health in India's COVID-19 crisis.

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11 May 2021

Rachel Werner (PARC Research Associate) and Norma Coe (PSC/PARC Research Associate) authored a new paper entitled, "Nursing Home Staffing Levels Did Not Change Significantly During COVID-19," published in Health Affairs. The study examines nurse staffing levels, workload, and self-reported More »

04 May 2021

Samuel Preston (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Yana Vierboom (GGD alumni) wrote an Op-ed published in The Guardian entitled, "Why Do Americans Die Earlier than Europeans?"

 

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04 May 2021

Hans-Peter Kohler (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was interviewed on Smart Talk (WTIF), a regional radio program, about the relationship between population growth, fertility rates, and economic impacts. Tune in at 31:20 to listen to the discussion.

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04 May 2021

Hyunjoon Park (PSC Research Associate) was featured in the NY Daily News about his research on the limits of test prep and standardized testing in creating more diverse student populations, as New York City elite schools admit fewer Black and Latino students.

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04 May 2021

Kevin Volpp (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in a West Virginia Public Broadcasting article on West Virginia's monetary incentives to increase COVID-19 vaccinations. “If it's the proverbial check is in the mail, that's going to be much less effective than if people get the savings bond right when they g More »

03 May 2021

Tukufu Zuberi (PSC Research Associate) was interviewed in a recent segment of OMNIA's In These Times podcast. More »

30 April 2021

Kevin J. Thomas, GGD alumnus, was recently named a 2021 Carnegie Mellon Fellow. Kevin J. A. Thomas is professor of African and African Diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on international migration, global health, race-ethnicity, and African development.
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30 April 2021

Early-Life Human Capital Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa

Project on Human Capital Development in Africa

Co-PIs: Jere R. Behrman and Claudia Vazquez

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30 April 2021

Alison Buttenheim (PSC Research Associate) was quoted in The Washington Post about the behavioral science behind financial incentives for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

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27 April 2021

Damon Centola (PSC Research Associate) was featured in Penn Today for his research on network dynamics and their applicability to NBA scouting. Centola discussed the value in untapped knowledge and seeking out influential individuals in networks. More »

22 April 2021

Pilar Gonalons-Pons (PSC Research Associate) and Alison Buttenheim (PSC Research Associate) was featured in a New York Times piece about gendered motivations for getting vaccinated. More »

22 April 2021

Wendy Roth (PSC Research Associate) was interviewed in Maisonneuve about people who discover non-paternity events through DNA testing and how it impacts their identities. Roth's research about genetic testing and identity was also featured in a Consumer Reports artic More »

21 April 2021

Norma Coe (PARC Research Associate) and Rachel Werner (PSC/PARC Research Associate) co-authored an Op-ed published in Newsweek. More »

20 April 2021

Samuel Preston (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Yana Vierboom (GGD alumnus) were featured in Penn Today for their publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More »

20 April 2021

John MacDonald (PSC Research Associate) was featured in a recent episode of OMNIA's In These Times podcast about institutionalized racism. MacDonald discusses policing procedures and the criminal justice system.

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20 April 2021

New Penn Education and Inequality Working Paper: Shen, Wensong, and Emily Hannum. 2020. "Effect Pathways of Informal Family Separation on Children’s Outcomes: Paternal Labor Migration and Long-term Educational Attainment of Left-Behind Children in Rural China." Penn Education and Inequality Working Papers, #8.

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19 April 2021

Frank Furstenberg (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in The Atlantic about financial and emotional stressors on modern parents. The article entitled, "Parents Are Sacrificing Their Social Lives on the Altar of Intensive Parenting," discusses the anxiety parents can experience when balancing careers, social lives, and parenting.

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18 April 2021

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Kulkarni, Vani S, and Raghav Gaiha. 2021. "The Role of Public Trust in People's Subjective Well-Being." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-70.

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16 April 2021

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Fang, Hanming, Ziteng Lei, Liguo Lin, and Peng Zhang. 2021. "Family Companionship and Elderly Suicide: Evidence from the Chinese Lunar New Year." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-69.

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13 April 2021

Olivia Mitchell (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in Penn Today and Knowledge@Wharton about the growing number of older Americans in debt. “This is a very different world in terms of debt than our parents and grandparents lived in,” says Ol More »

13 April 2021

New research by Olivia Mitchell (PSC/PARC Research Associate), in Penn Today, examines the financial well-being among Black and Hispanic women.

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06 April 2021

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Musick, Kelly, Pilar Gonalons-Pons, and Christine Schwartz. 2021. "Change and Variation in Couples' Earnings Equality Following Parenthood." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-68.

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01 April 2021

Alison Buttenheim (PSC Research Associate) was quoted in The New York Times about the rollout of the largest vaccination campaign in human history and states efforts to address vaccine hesitancy.

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01 April 2021

Jerry Jacobs (PSC Research Associate) was quoted in Penn Today about how the pandemic has reinforced gender-biased household divisions of labor.

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31 March 2021

Damon Centola (PSC Research Associate) was featured in Knowable Magazine discussing the role of social networks in building community trust in vaccines.

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31 March 2021

Pilar Gonalons-Pons (PSC Research Associate) was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the history of childcare in the US and how the pandemic has shed a light on social and economic problems in childcare.

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27 March 2021

Rebecca Schut, a joint PhD student in the Graduate Group in Demography and Sociology, was named a 2021-2022 Dean's Scholar for her academic performance and intellectual promise. Register to attend the virtual celebration on April 21, 2021 at 4:30 PM. Congratulations Rebecca!

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24 March 2021

Richard Berk (PSC Research Associate) was featured in a FOX43 Local Harrisburg segment on the need for better data on incidents of domestic violence.

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21 March 2021

Chenoa Flippen (PSC Research Associate) has been selected for the Provost's Award for Distinguished PhD Teaching and Mentoring. This award is in recognition of her commitment to teaching at Penn. The selection committee chose her from a competitive nomination pool based on the letters written on her behalf by our colleagues and students.

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19 March 2021

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Kämpfen, Fabrice, Fatima Zahra, Hans-Peter Kohler, and Rachel Kidman. 2021. "The Effects of Negative Economic Shocks at Birth on Adolescents’ Cognitive Health and Educational Attainment in Malawi." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-67.

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19 March 2021

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Kohler, Iliana, Fabrice Kämpfen, Alberto Ciancio, James Mwera, Victor Mwapasa, and Hans-Peter Kohler. 2021. "Curtailing COVID-19 on a Dollar-a-Day in Malawi: Implications for the Ongoing Pandemic." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-66.

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15 March 2021

Irma Elo (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Regina Baker (PSC Research Associate) are credited with research support in a recent episode of the TradeOffs podcast. More »

11 March 2021

The climate + community project, a new climate policy research network co-directed by Daniel Aldana Cohen (PSC Research Associate), launched on March 13 with a report advocating a Green Stimulus for K-12 Schools, in partnership with Rep. Jamaal Bowman. More »

11 March 2021

Irma Elo (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Samuel Preston (PSC/PARC Research Associate) were featured in Penn Today about the new National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine report on More »

11 March 2021

David Mandell (PSC Research Associate) was featured in Penn Today about a new tool that he helped develop for more inclusive autism screening.

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10 March 2021

Jere Behrman (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Linda Aiken (PSC/PARC Research Associate) were featured in a list of the top 100 Researchers with h-indexes that exceed 100, according to their Google Scholar Profiles. Behrma More »

08 March 2021

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Greenwood, Jeremy, Nezih Guner, and Ricardo Marto. 2021. "The Great Transition: Kuznets Facts for Family-Economists." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-65.

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03 March 2021

Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Morgan Hoke (PSC Research Associate) co-authored new research, published in Social Science & Medicine, that links eviction to a greater risk for depression. More »

03 March 2021

Linda Aiken (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in a WHYY article discussing the outcomes of understaffing in hospitals.

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02 March 2021

Matt McHugh (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Linda Aiken (PSC/PARC Research Associate) were featured in Deseret News about the complexities of nurse staffing.

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28 February 2021

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Hoke, Morgan and Courtney Boen. 2021. "The Health Impacts of Eviction: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-64.

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26 February 2021

Olivia Mitchell (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was interviewed in a recent episode of the Knowledge@Wharton podcast about why early 401k withdrawls are a bad idea. More »

23 February 2021

Atheendar Venkataramani (PSC/PARC Research Associate) moderated the first LDI Health Equity virtual seminar of 2021. The virtual seminar dives into the interconnections of voting, structural racism, and health inequities. More »

20 February 2021

During the 7th Annual University of Pennsylvania Martin Luther King Jr. More »

20 February 2021

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Hervé, Justine, Subha Mani, Jere Behrman, Arindam Nandi, Anjana Sankhil Lamkang, and Ramanan Laxminarayan. 2021. "Gender Gaps in Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills: Roles of SES and Gender Attitudes." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-63.

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19 February 2021

Daniel Aldana Cohen (PSC Research Associate) was interviewed in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the Texas electricity black-outs and how a Green New Deal could prevent such disasters. Cohen discusses the disadvantages of deregulated and market-based energy systems.

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18 February 2021

The Behavior Change for Good Initiative (BCFG), co-directed by Angela Duckworth (PSC Research Associate), at the Wharton School and the School of Arts & Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, today released findings from two of the largest-ever research studies aimed at increasing vaccine adoption. More »

18 February 2021

Damon Centola (PSC Research Associate) was interviewed for a recent segment of The Money with Richard Aedy, an Australian radio program. Centola discussed how social change happens and his reseach on the science of networks. 

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18 February 2021

Wendy Roth (PSC Research Associate) was featured in The New York Times and appeared on The Behavior Corner podcast discussing her research on genetic ancestry testing and racial perceptions.

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16 February 2021

Research by Wendy Roth (PSC Research Associate) was cited in a New York Times Op-ed entitled, "America’s Brutal Racial History Is Written All Over Our Genes." The article discusses the relationship between genetic testing services, identity, and perceptions of race in the US.

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16 February 2021

Tukufu Zuberi (PSC Research Associate) launched a new YouTube channel entitled, Curating National Narratives, which will feature his documentaries, African Independence; a history of ancient Sudan entitled, “Before Things Fell Apart” and “Decolonizing The Narrative,” a series on museums, reparations, restitution, and race. More »

15 February 2021

A new LDI/PARC Research Brief on a recent study by Alberto Ciancio, Fabrice Kämpfen, Hans-Peter Kohler, and Iliana Kohler looking at the health effects of blood pressure screenings for adults in rural Malawi. The PARC team found that adults with elevated blood pressure who were referred to a health care provider were 22 percentage points less likely to have hypertension four years later. More »

04 February 2021

Iliana Kohler (PSC/PARC Research Associate) received the National Academy of Medicine Catalyst Grant Award. More »

04 February 2021

Daniel Aldana Cohen's (PSC Research Associate) book, A Planet to Win, has been translated into Brazilian Portuguese by Autonomia Literária, with a new preface by Raquel Rolnik, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on housing as a human right and Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at More »

04 February 2021

Dennis Culhane (PSC Research Associate) opened the Spring 2021 Penn Population Studies Colloquium Series on January 25, 2021. The session, entitled “Advances in the Establishment of Administrative Data Linkage Centers for Population and Policy Research,” focused on how Culhane and his colleagues make innovative use of existing big data sources as an alternative to traditional survey or census data. More »

04 February 2021

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Georgiadis, Andreas, Liza Benny, Paul Dornan, and Jere Behrman. 2021. "Maternal Undernutrition in Adolescence and Child Human Capital Formation over the Life-Course: Evidence from an International Cohort Study." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-62.

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03 February 2021

New research by Damon Centola (PSC Research Associate) published in Nature Communications was featured in Penn Today. More »

28 January 2021

Wendy Roth (PSC Research Associate) created a video for the Penn Latin American and Latinx Studies Program (LALS) describing her career and research on the dynamics of racial classification in the United States and Latin America. Roth discusses some her of past and current projects surrounding the questions of why and how racial classification changes across
cultures and geographies.

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28 January 2021

Daniel Aldana Cohen (PSC Research Associate) advised Senator Ed Markey's office on its new environmental justice mapping bill. More »

28 January 2021

Olivia S. Mitchell (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was featured in Penn Today about getting financially fit in 2021. Mitchell gives five financial resolutions for people who aim to save and eliminate debt in 2021.

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22 January 2021

Damon Centola's (PSC Research Associate) newest book, CHANGE: How to Make Big Things Happen, was recently released. In his book, Centola debunks popular myths about change, like the Myth of the Influencer, and shows how people in the network periphery are essential for triggering social transformations in art, politics, medicine and popular culture. More »

22 January 2021

Dennis P. Culhane (PSC Research Associate) was quoted in The Seattle Times about homelessness in the U.S. after major recessions. Culhane discusses the impact of unemployment benefits and the impact the CARES Act had on poverty in 2020. 

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22 January 2021

Alison M. Buttenheim (PSC Research Associate) was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer discussing the pros and cons of incentivizing people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Buttenheim talks about the behavioral science behind financial incentives and how they may not apply to the COVID-19 vaccination context.

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22 January 2021

Alison Buttenheim (PSC Research Associate) was featured in a Penn Today article about the fair ethical allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine. Buttenheim was quoted discussing how to distribute vaccines when the coronavirus has disproportionately affected Black and Hispanic/Latino communities.

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15 January 2021

Tukufu Zuberi (PSC Research Associate) was featured in a bonus episode of OMNIA's In These Times podcast about the recent attack on the capital building. Zuberi discusses the historical and sociological context of the attack and what comes next.

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15 January 2021

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Köksal, Selin, Luca Maria Pesando, Valentina Rotondi, and Ebru Şanlıtürk. 2021. "Harnessing the Potential of Online Searches for Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Intimate Partner Violence in Italy." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-61.

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12 January 2021

Iliana Kohler (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was featured in a video produced by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global for Development about treating the causes of depression in Malawi. Watch the full video: "How Does Mental Wellbeing Connect to Physical Health in Sub-Saharan Africa?"

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06 January 2021

New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Liu, Xiaoying, Jere Behrman, Emily Hannum, Fan Wang, and Qingguo Zhao. 2021. "Same Environment, Stratified Impacts? Air Pollution, Extreme Temperatures, and Birth Weight in Southeast China." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-60.

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06 January 2021