Allied Centers

boettner logo     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.
     
 

The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics  (CHIBE), housed within the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine, conducts behavioral economic research that makes significant contributions to reducing the disease burden from major U.S. public health problems, such as tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence. CHIBE’s mission is to inform health policy, improve health care delivery and increase healthy behavior. CHIBE was originally founded in 2008 as part of the nation’s first health services research center, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with faculty from the Center for Behavioral Decision Research at Carnegie Mellon University.  CHIBE is one of the first research centers dedicated to the implementation of behavioral economic research in health. We are one of two NIH-funded Centers in Behavioral Economics and Health in the United States. In partnership with the Palliative and Advance Illness Research (PAIR) Center at the University of Pennsylvania, CHIBE supports the Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science (FIELDS) Program. Additionally, CHIBE leads the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit together with the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.

     
chopr logo   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.
     
 

The University of Pennsylvania's Institute on Aging was created in 1979 to improve the health of the elderly by increasing clinical and basic research as well as educational programs focusing on normal aging and age-related diseases across the entire Penn campus. Housed within Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, the Institute on Aging is deeply committed to forging new paths in basic science and clinical care for the benefit of older adults. Under the directorship of John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD, nearly 200 Institute on Aging fellows, representing faculty from 12 schools at Penn and aging experts outside of Penn, are focused on age-related areas of interest, including healthy aging, diseases of aging, public policy, law, nursing and economics. In 2012, Penn ranked second highest for total research funding received from the National Institute of Health's National Institute on Aging (NIA). Current research projects are wide-ranging, investigating neurodegenerative diseases, frailty, and longevity, among other areas.

     
  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.
     
 

The Population Studies Center (PSC) of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) has fostered research and training in population since its founding in 1962, with support from the NICHD P30 program 1978-2003 and the R24 program since 2003. The Population Studies Center (PSC) of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) has fostered research and training in population since its founding in 1962, with support from the NICHD P30 program 1978-2003 and the R24 program since 2003. The PSC is characterized by remarkable continuity in the production of high-quality research even as the composition of its Research Associates has changed and their research interests have evolved. Although the PSC still maintains a strong core commitment to demography (the study of the growth and structure of populations) – including the Graduate Group in Demography (GGD), a world-leader in the training of demography Ph.D.s – we have also expanded our research sphere, emphasizing the following research themes: New Dynamics of Population Diversity, Demography , and Human Resources and Endowments. We also have a strong portfolio of research, research projects in International Population Research and have embarked on a few New Directions in Population Research