Aashish Gupta, Ph.D. Candidate in the Graduate Group of Demography (GGD), and co-authors, Sangita Vyas and Payal Hathi, received the Dorothy Swaine Thomas Award for their paper, "Social Disadvantage, Economic Status, and Life Expectancy in Nine Indian States," at this year's PAA annual meeting. The Dorothy Swaine Thomas award is presented annually for the best graduate student paper on the interrelationships among social, economic and demographic variables. Watch the recording of the the Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony [time stamp: 4:37]. Congratulations!
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.
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 get vaccinated,” Volpp said.
Early-Life Human Capital Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa
Project on Human Capital Development in Africa
Co-PIs: Jere R. Behrman and Claudia Vazquez
Jere Behrman (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Claudia Vazquez (University of San Andres, Argentina) summarize what is known and what is yet to be explored in Early-Life Human Capital Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as part of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).
The project aims to:
The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is undertaking a collaborative project on "Human Capital Development in Africa." Human capital investments in nutrition, health, education and training are widely perceived to be important components of economic development. Currently such investments are relatively low in most of SSA. Behrman and Vazquez, together with the results of other parts of the AERC project, will be presented in Kenya later this year and submitted for consideration for a special journal issue.
Black, Maureen, Jere R. Behrman, et al. 2021. “Nurturing Care Promotes Human Capital and Mitigates Adversities from Preconception through Adolescence.” BMJ Global Health.
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. Centola was also featured on The David Pakman Show, applying the same research to the process of "going viral" and achieving social change.
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. Women lost the majority of the earliest jobs in food services, retail businesses, health care and government jobs and have been the main caretakers of their immediate families and sick relatives during the pandemic. Getting the vaccine for women means they are able to take care of their families and get back into the workforce.
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. The article dives into their research on the increase of excess mortality in the United States. Preston and Vierboom were also featured in The Guardian.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Olivia S. Mitchell, a Wharton professor of business economics and public policy who co-authored the working paper, “Understanding Debt in the Older Population,” published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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.
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.
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.
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. Behrman's Google Scholar profile and Aiken's Google Scholar profile feature thousands of articles dating back across their careers.
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.
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.
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. The 2020 CARES Act allowed people under a certain age to access up to $100,000 from their 401k's without penalty, but Mitchell warns against this considering the potential loss of returns on investments and other downsides.
Adriana Perez (PARC Research Associate) was awarded her first R01, alongside team members Nancy Hodgson (PARC Research Associate), Norma Coe (PARC Co-Director), for a new research project entitled, A Physical Activity Intervention to Promote Cognitive Health, Cardiovascular Health and Sleep in Older Latinos (1R01AG070351-01, 2021-2024). The new study addresses increasing rates of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) among Latinos by testing a multilevel intervention that aims to improve cardiovascular health, sleep and cognitive function by promoting moderate-intensity physical activity. Read more in Penn Nursing news.
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.
Jason Karlawish (PARC Research Associate) was interviewed on a recent episode of the Innovative Podcast to discuss his new book, The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It. The book "tells the story of the biomedical breakthroughs that may allow Alzheimer’s to finally be prevented and treated by medicine, and indicates how we can live with dementia: the ways patients can reclaim their autonomy and redefine their sense of self, how families can support their loved ones, and the innovative reforms we can make as a society that would give caregivers and patients a better quality of life."
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.
Norma B. Coe (PARC Co-Director) wrote an op-ed in The Hill discussing the need for comprehensive long-term care in the US, as an estimated 18.5 million Americans will be over the age of 85 in 2050. Coe examines the financial costs of planning for this demographic challenge and why care workers need to be supported.
Sarah Tishkoff's (PARC Research Associate) recent paper in Genome Biology and a paper in the journal Cell are cited in an article in Science, "Africans Begin to Take the Reins of Research into Their Own Genomes," which includes an interactive map that provides a snapshot of genomics research locations. Tishkoff and other geneticists say that they have only just begun mapping the genomes of Africa's many diverse ethnic groups and populations. Tishkoff says "this year she hopes to publish on 180 more African genomes."
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. They also reported better subjective mental health and were more likely to be taking blood pressure medication. The study has a number of important implications for health screenings and population health management in rural and low-income countries.
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey (PARC Research Associate) participated on a panel of Penn experts discussing systemic racism and its impact on health and wellness. Panelists included Benoit Dubé, Ezekiel Emanuel, Jennifer Prah Ruger, and Eugenia South. Watch the preceptorial panel discussion on “Racism and Anti-Racism in Contemporary America" and read more in Penn Today.
Iliana Kohler (PSC/PARC Research Associate) received the National Academy of Medicine Catalyst Grant Award. The project, entitled "Leveraging Social Networks and Linkage to Care to Foster Healthy Aging in a Low-Income Context," aims at understanding how social networks could be used to more effectively disseminate elder health information about non-communicable diseases throughout a country lacking the mass communications infrastructure of industrialized nations. Read more in the
Penn LDI announcement.
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.
Scott Halpern (PARC Research Associate) was named a Hastings Center Fellow. The 50-year-old Hastings Center is a bioethics research institute that has played a leading role in establishing the field of bioethics and informing public policy decisions related to health care, science and environmental issues.
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?"
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.