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  • Olivia S. Mitchell is the 2019 recipient of The Ketchum Prize. The Ketchum Prize—honoring Richard G. Ketchum, the former chairman and CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and a distinguished leader in the field of securities regulation—recognizes outstanding service and research to advance investor protection and financial capability in the U.S. The prize is awarded annually by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. The prize includes a $10,000 honorarium and national recognition.

    Date posted: 10/4/2019 | View listing
  • Jere R. Behrman was recently awarded funding from NIH for his project "Foundational Cognitive Skills in Developing Countries: Early-Life Nutritional, Climatic and Policy Determinants and Impacts on Adolescent Education, Socio-emotional Competencies and Risky Behaviors.” 

    Abstract: Early undernutrition and climate variation are widespread in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and claimed to have long-lasting consequences. However, there is little population-based evidence about mechanisms through which early-life undernutrition and climatic variations lead to poorer adolescent and adult outcomes and whether early-life deficits may be mitigated. This project investigates impacts of undernutrition and climatic variations on foundational cognitive skills (FCS), importantly including executive function (EF). The project uses unique data on FCS collected in Ethiopia and Peru as part of the Young Lives Study (YLS), the largest multi-country cohort dataset on childhood poverty and wellbeing in LMICs. The analysis promises significant contributions for (1) deeper understanding of how early-life nutrition, climatic variations and other events affect FCS, (2) how policy interventions can help mitigate the effects of early childhood poverty through affecting EF in contexts of two very different countries, (3) what are the impacts of late childhood FCS on adolescent outcomes.

    Date posted: 10/3/2019 | View listing
  • Congratulations to Scott Halpern, who has received the Arthur K. Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from Penn Medicine! Read the story on why this award is particularly important.

    Date posted: 9/26/2019 | View listing
  • Molly Candon and co-author Melissa Ostroff recently wrote two posts on the LDI Policy$ense blog. Read the first blog post Fast-tracking Behavioral Health Care and second one Beyond Physicians: Interdisciplinary Teams in Integrated Care.

    Date posted: 9/26/2019 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Kulkarni, Veena, Vani S Kulkarni, and Raghav Gaiha. 2019. "Employment, Aging and Disease in India." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2019-29.

    Date posted: 9/17/2019 | View listing
  • Mark D. Neumann, PARC Research Associate, was recently quoted in a Penn Medicine News article about post surgery prescription of opioids. The article discusses the findings of paper written by Neumann and co-authors that was published in JAMA Network Open, "Opioid Prescribing After Surgery in the United States, Canada, and Sweden."

    Date posted: 9/10/2019 | View listing
  • Alison Buttenheim, PSC & PARC Research Associate, was recently named Director of Engagement at the Leonard Davis Institute. This new position will focus on the connection of senior and associate fellows to research resources. Read more in LDI News.

    Date posted: 9/10/2019 | View listing
  • A new article co-authored by Harsha Thirumurthy, PARC Research Associate, was recently published in JAMA Network Open. Read more about "Effect of Prices, Distribution Strategies, and Marketing on Demand for HIV Self-testing in Zimbabwe: A Randomized Clinical Trial" on the LDI website.

    Date posted: 9/10/2019 | View listing
  • Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, PARC Research Associate and Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine, was recently quoted in a Knowledge@Wharton article, "Why Addressing Social Factors Could Improve U.S. HealthCare." 

    Date posted: 9/10/2019 | View listing
  • Collin Payne, GGD alumn, and Michel Guillot, PSC & PARC Research Associate, recently introduced a new way of measuring life expectancy accounting for the historical mortality conditions that today's older generations lived through. Read more about the study in Science Daily and check out the full article published in Population Studies.

    Date posted: 9/5/2019 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Greenwood, Jeremy, Nezih Guner, and Karen Kopecky. 2019. "The Wife's Protector: The Effect of Contraception on Marriage during the 20th Century." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2019-28. 

    Date posted: 9/3/2019 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Kulkarni, Vani, Veena Kulkarni, and Raghav Gaiha. 2019. "Trust in Hospitals-Evidence from India." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2019-27.

    Date posted: 8/27/2019 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Huang, Zhiyong, and Fabrice Kämpfen. 2019. "Assessing (and Addressing) Reporting Heterogeneity in Visual Analogue Scales (VAS) with an Application to Gender Difference in Quality of Life." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2019-26.

    Date posted: 8/13/2019 | View listing
  • Research by PSC & PARC Associates Linda H. Aiken and Matthew D. McHugh shows that when nurses lack support and resources, the most vulnerable patients are at risk. Researchers found that one in five registered nurses reported frequently being unable to complete necessary patient care, leaving patients without comfort, conversation, and surveillance, and leaving nurses with high rates of burnout. Read more in Penn Today and Penn Nursing News.

    Date posted: 8/5/2019 | View listing
  • PARC Associate Sarah Tishkoff is featured on WHYY for a recent guest lecture she gave at New Jersey private school on the social construction of race as a biological category. "I feel like we have to talk about [race] because if we don’t, it’s just going to promote misunderstanding.”

    Date posted: 8/5/2019 | View listing
  • PSC Associate Olivia S. Mitchell discusses what longer lifespans may mean for aging workers. Between ageism in hiring, a shaky Social Security system, and changes to rules regarding annuities, the future of retirement looks uncertain on Knowledge@Wharton podcast. “Since retirement planning is so nuanced and complicated, it would behoove many to work longer, save more, and expect less,” she says.

    Date posted: 7/30/2019 | View listing
  • Pamela Z. Cacchione, PARC Research Associate, was recently quoted in an article about why eldery and older populations are particularly vulnerable in an emergency evacuation in The New Orleans Advocate .

    Date posted: 7/23/2019 | View listing
  • On Knowledge@Wharton and in a Penn Today article, PSC Associate Mark V. Pauly discusses the future of the Affordable Care Act, which is being reviewed by the courts. “I will be heartsick if it’s declared unconstitutional,” says Pauly. “My view is that you should be required to have health insurance just like you’re required to wear clothes in cold weather.” 

    Date posted: 7/17/2019 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Pandey, Manoj, Vani Kulkarni, and Raghav Gaiha. 2019. "Non-communicable Diseases and Depression: Evidence from South Africa." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2019-25.

    Date posted: 7/16/2019 | View listing
  • Research by PSC researcher, Angela Lee Duckworth, and co-authors was highlighted in Penn TodayIn a study of 2,000 high schoolers supported by the Behavior Change for Good Initiative, students who gave motivational advice to younger pupils earned higher grades at the end of the academic quarter.

    Date posted: 7/16/2019 | View listing
  • PSC Associate Daniel Aldana Cohen and PSC Affiliate Kevin Ummel published Follow the Carbon: The Case for Neighborhood-Level Carbon Footprints, a policy digest with Penn's Kleinman Center for Energy Policy.

    Date posted: 7/15/2019 | View listing
  • Date posted: 7/11/2019 | View listing
  • PSC and PARC Associate Olivia S. Mitchell authored an article in The Hill about the Butch Lewis Act currently before congress.

    Date posted: 7/2/2019 | View listing
  • Research by PARC Associate Mark D. Neuman was cited in a discussion at the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee hearing focused on reauthorizing the nine-year-old Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Read more here.

    Date posted: 7/2/2019 | View listing
  • A new study published in PLOS Medicine by Atheendar Venkataramani, PSC & PARC Associate, focuses on how affirmative action bans reduce the chances of underrepresented students’ admission to college and may increase their likelihood of smoking or drinking to excess. “What this study shows us is that reducing their chances to attend a top college and potentially undermining their expectations of upward mobility, more generally, may also increase their risk of engaging in unhealthy behaviors,” says lead author Atheendar Venkataramani. Read more about this article in Penn Medicine News and Penn Today.

    Date posted: 7/1/2019 | View listing
  • Michel Guillot, PSC & PARC Associate, was recently interviewed in Penn Today about a new paper published in Demographic Research. His work examines second-generation immigrants and mortality in France. "This work touches on whether the migrant advantage is transmitted. Here we give an example where it is not transmitted, and not only is it lost, but it's reversed," Guillot stated.

    Date posted: 7/1/2019 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Amin, Vikesh, Jere Behrman, Jason Fletcher, Carlos Flores, Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, and Hans-Peter Kohler. 2019. "Mental Health, Schooling Attainment and Polygenic Scores: Are There Significant Gene-Environment Associations?." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2019-24.

    Date posted: 6/26/2019 | View listing
  • PSC Associate, Jason Schnittker, was quoted in a Pittsburg Post-Gazette about older adults being generally positive about their health as they age. “Older people expect some deterioration in health and aren’t thrown off course in the same way when it occurs,” says sociologist Jason Schnittker of the School of Arts and Sciences.

    Date posted: 6/19/2019 | View listing
  • PARC Associate Sarah Tishkoff counters a controversial theory which claims that race-based genetic variants correlate to advances in human culture in a Wired article. “That doesn’t mean somebody won’t find something some day. Maybe it’s possible, but I don’t think there’s any evidence right now that supports those claims,” says Tishkoff.

    Date posted: 6/14/2019 | View listing
  • PSC & PARC Associates and Affiliates, Norma B. Coe, Pilar Gonalons-Pons, Rachel M. Werner, and Nancy A. Hodgson, joined top University of Pennsylvania health policy experts and members of the Penn class of 1969 a couple weeks ago on a panel with the Leonard Davis Institute.

    Date posted: 6/13/2019 | View listing
  • Research by Linda H. Aiken and Matthew D. McHugh was quoted in a New York Times article about the business of healthcare and its negative effects on healthcare providers.

    Date posted: 6/10/2019 | View listing
  • Olivia S. Mitchell was quoted in a SavvyMoney article about social security. She says, "the Social Security "Breakeven" age 'induces people to think about the chance of dying too soon, rather than focusing them on what Social Security is best at – namely, protecting us against".

    Date posted: 6/10/2019 | View listing
  • Olivia S. Mitchell has been listed as one of Worth Magazine's 16 Powerhouse Female Economists.

    Date posted: 6/7/2019 | View listing
  • Courtney Boen was quoted in a Penn Today article about the United States having the worst maternal mortality rate of any developed country and that rate steadily rising, increasing by 26% between 2000 and 2014. Experts across the University are addressing the crisis head-on, creating programs and conducting research to understand and address the role that social determinants, socioeconomics, and racism play.

    Date posted: 6/7/2019 | View listing
  • Rachel M. Werner was interviewed by LDI about her new position as the First Female and First Physician-Economist Executive Director.

    Date posted: 6/7/2019 | View listing
  • Hans-Peter Kohler was quoted in a Time Magazine article about reasons for the declining birth rates in the country.

    Date posted: 6/5/2019 | View listing
  • Angela Lee Duckworth was interviewed in a Forbes article and on the From the Dorm Room to the Board Room about her career journey.

    Date posted: 6/4/2019 | View listing
  • Kevin G. Volpp and co-authors published an article in Harvard Business Review about gamification programs in behavioural health.

    Date posted: 6/4/2019 | View listing
  • PSC Associate Hanming Fang and his collaborators have created VoxChina.org, a space for discussing China’s economy in an Omnia article.

    Date posted: 6/3/2019 | View listing
  • French Institute for Demographic Studies Director (INED) Magda Tomasini, and Population Studies Center of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn PSC) Director Herbert L. Smith, have signed a 3-year partnership agreement. 

    Date posted: 5/30/2019 | View listing
  • PARC associate Norma B. Coe's study on estimating dementia’s incremental costs to Medicare in the five years after diagnosis in older adults with and without dementia has been published in Penn LDI's Research Brief

    Date posted: 5/30/2019 | View listing
  • On the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Science Friction” podcast, PSC associate Sarah Tishkoff discusses the limits of genetic-testing databases. Tishkoff says that to provide accurate results, DNA-testing companies need to improve both their databases’ representation of ethnically diverse populations and their ability to distinguish between ethnic groups.

    Date posted: 5/30/2019 | View listing
  • PSC & PARC Associate Mark V. Pauly was quoted on a Knowledge@Wharton podcast episode about allegations that generic drug makers conspired to fix prices.

    Date posted: 5/22/2019 | View listing
  • PSC & PARC associate Olivia S. Mitchell discusses her research on the role of annuities in retirement planning on an episode of the Knowledge@Wharton podcast.

    Date posted: 5/22/2019 | View listing
  • PSC & PARC Associate, Irma T. Elo has been awarded the 2019 Making a Difference in Diverse Communities Grant for her "Cognitive Decline with Aging in Diverse Chilean Communities and in Comparison with Mexico and the U.S" project with fellow PSC & PARC Associate Jere R. Behrman.

    Date posted: 5/14/2019 | View listing
  • PSC Associates, Kevin G. Volpp and Atheendar Venkataramani, are being honoured at the 2019 Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Annual Meeting. Volpp is receiving The John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research and Venkataramani, the Best Published Research Paper of the Year. Read more on LDI's website.

    Date posted: 5/9/2019 | View listing
  • University of Pennsylvania Provost Wendell Pritchett and Perelman School of Medicine Dean J. Larry Jameson are pleased to announce the appointment of PARC Associate, Rachel M. Werner as Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI).

    Date posted: 5/6/2019 | View listing
  • Jason Karlawish said a recent study on aging and scam awareness doesn’t prove a link between susceptibility and cognitive decline in seniors in the Associated Press. However, Karlawish says, the results “should be a call to action to health care systems, the financial services industry and their regulators.”

    Date posted: 5/2/2019 | View listing
  • Linda H. Aiken, PSC Associate and professor of sociology, was awarded during the 2019 Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching the Provosts Award For Distinguished PhD Teaching and Mentoring.

    Date posted: 5/2/2019 | View listing
  • Angela Lee Duckworth and co-authors published an article in the Washington Post about how our environment influence our self-control.

    Date posted: 4/30/2019 | View listing
  • With the President’s Engagement Prize, seniors José Maciel of Yakima, Washington, and Antonio Renteria of Laredo, Texas, mentored by PARC associate Adriana Perez, hope to bring information about subjects like nutrition and sleep to the mushroom farmworkers of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The project reinforces preventive screenings already offered by a local clinic and primary care providers. Read more on Penn Today.

    Date posted: 4/29/2019 | View listing
  • A new article in Nature mentions the need for racial and ethnic diversity in the groups of people studied in genomics research. “It would be very nice if there was one set of guidelines that fit every population, but not all groups are the same,” says Sarah Tishkoff, a human geneticist who pioneered efforts to work with African populations in genomics.

    Date posted: 4/18/2019 | View listing
  • In a Penn Today article and on Knowledge@WhartonOlivia S. Mitchell discusses the Treasury Department’s decision to allow private companies to pay retirees lump-sum pension payments. The move may benefit companies, but Mitchell believes the federal government should assess the long-term implications. “If we look at the retirement picture, we have to understand the incentives we are putting in people’s way—or the disincentives to save,” she explains.

    Date posted: 4/18/2019 | View listing
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  • Akudo Ejelonu was awarded the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center’s Russell Ackoff Doctoral Student Fellowship Award for 2019-2020 for her research on environmentally-induced migration and health outcome of climate migrants. She also got an honourable mention from the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in March.

    Date posted: 4/18/2019 | View listing
  • Jordan Weiss was awarded a fellowship from the Alzheimer's Association to present work on explaining trends in dementia incidence at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference this summer. 

    Date posted: 4/16/2019 | View listing
  • Linda H. AikenJere R. Behrman, and Chilean colleagues on Chilean nursing evaluation project with Chilean Minister of Health after a briefing in Santiago, Chile.

    Date posted: 4/16/2019 | View listing
  • “There’s a lot of lower-level head trauma out there that no one knows the consequence of,” says John Q. Trojanowski of PARC in a New York Times article. Trojanowski plans to submit a research paper in the coming months on people who have suffered traumatic brain injury. “We are looking at people with traumatic brain injury, football players, rugby players, some people who fell off bikes.”

    Date posted: 4/16/2019 | View listing
  • On Knowledge@WhartonOlivia S. Mitchell discusses an American Economic Association survey that reveals high levels of gender and racial bias in the field of economics. “It’s very depressing, actually,” says Mitchell. “I’ve been teaching for 40 years now, and, sure, 40 years ago there were very few women in the profession. You stood out. You were sometimes made to feel uncomfortable or awkward. But I had hoped that today things would be much better.” Penn Today.

    Date posted: 4/16/2019 | View listing
  • PSC & PARC associate Heather Schofield led a group of Wharton students on a four-day trip to Ethiopia during spring break for a close-up look at the African nation’s health, agricultural, business, and political sectors. Students said the Global Modular Course experience gave them perspectives they never could have found in a book. Read more in Penn Today.

    Date posted: 4/5/2019 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Joung, Andrew, Benjamin Lockwood, and Alex Rees-Jones. 2018. "A Pilot Study of Uncertainty in Income Tax Forecasts." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2018-23. 

    Date posted: 3/28/2019 | View listing
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  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Furstenberg, Frank 2019. "Family Change in Global Perspective: How and Why Family Systems Change." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2019-22.

    Date posted: 3/28/2019 | View listing
  • In a commentary in the journal Cell and articles in PBS News Hour and Penn Today, PARC researcher Sarah Tishkoff and co-authors, shine a light on the lack of ethnic diversity represented in genomic studies and on the consequences for health and medicine. “Leaving entire populations out of human genetic studies is both scientifically damaging and unfair,” Tishkoff says.

    Date posted: 3/26/2019 | View listing
  • Daniel Aldana Cohen recently gave a two-part interview with Real News Network regarding his work on the Green New Deal. You can listen to part 1 and part 2 here. 

    Date posted: 3/22/2019 | View listing
  • On the Knowledge@WhartonMark V. Pauly, of PSC & PARC, and Genevieve Kanter of the Perelman School of Medicine discuss the impact of changes to the Stark Law, which prevents doctors from self-referral, and the effectiveness of accountable care organizations (ACO).“I would be even more enthusiastic about ACOs if it had been shown that they actually improve the coordination of care,” says Kanter.

    Date posted: 3/21/2019 | View listing
  • Penn Today talks about new research by Rachel M. Werner, of the Population Aging Research Center, found that post-hospital care costs and cuts impact readmission. “We found clear tradeoffs: While home health care may cost less, it doesn’t have the same intensity of care as a skilled nursing facility, which may be sending many [patients] back into the hospital.”

    Date posted: 3/21/2019 | View listing
  • Can closing homeless encampments help Philadelphia’s opioid problem? A report authored by Dennis Culhane and co-authors and an article in Penn Today shows that shuttering two camps led to many new addiction-treatment slots and some successful placements in permanent or temporary housing. Many challenges remain, however, including a shortage of housing options.

    Date posted: 3/19/2019 | View listing
  • U.S. fertility rates are at an all-time low, partially due to delayed parenthood, increased childlessness, fewer unplanned teenage pregnancies, and declines in immigration. As explained by Hans-Peter Kohler, Pilar Gonalons-Pons, and Emilio Alberto Parrado in Penn Today, the drop isn’t cause for alarm but does bring to light questions about work, family, and immigration policies that can affect population growth.

    Date posted: 3/12/2019 | View listing
  • A paper co-authored by Olivia S. Mitchell was quoted in a Barron's article about restirement investments.

    Date posted: 3/5/2019 | View listing
  • Mark V. Pauly wrote an article for The Inquirer's Health Cents Blog which is cross-posted on LDI's Health Policy$ence about Senator Kamala Harris' plan for medicare.

    Date posted: 3/4/2019 | View listing
  • PARC researcher, Sarah Tishkoff's research Limits of long-term selection against Neandertal introgression was reported in a Penn Today article. Tishkoff works with former research associate Laura Scheinfeldt and former grad student Sameer Soi,to offer a new look at African genetic diversity, with data from 50 populations. Among other insights, their analysis suggests that hunter-gatherer groups, a few of whom speak languages involving clicks, share a common ancestry despite being geographically far-flung.

    Date posted: 2/19/2019 | View listing
  • Richard A. Axilrod, WG’85, and Nancy M. Axilrod, parents, have made a $2 million gift to establish the Axilrod Term Fund in Health and Inequality. The fund has enabled Penn Arts and Sciences to recruit three new faculty members, Juan Pablo Atal, Courtney Boen, and Morgan Hoke, who will help establish Penn as a worldwide center for the analysis of inequality and health, with a specific focus on the distribution of health outcomes and how this distribution is shaped by social policies. Read more about the fund in the Penn SAS announcement.

    Date posted: 2/12/2019 | View listing
  • Hans-Peter Kohler, PSC & PARC research associate, discusses the recent decline in U.S. birth rates on a Marketplace podcast. “At the level we are observing it in the U.S., it is not a problem. If the U.S. had South Korean, Japanese, or Italian fertility rates, arguably, the pressure to do something about this might be higher,” says Kohler.

    Date posted: 1/28/2019 | View listing
  • PSC & PARC researcher, Mark V. Pauly, and co-researchers discuss what lies ahead for the Affordable Care Act in 2019 on the Knowledge@Wharton podcast.

    Date posted: 1/24/2019 | View listing
  • Omnia interviewed Joseph Kable, PSC & PARC researcher and Baird Term Professor of Psychology, on why humans can’t seem to make the commitment to slow climate change.

    Date posted: 1/23/2019 | View listing
  • In the largest study of its kind, PARC researcher Sarah Tishkoff and co-authors investigated the gut microbiomes of people from seven ethnically diverse populations in remote Botswana and Tanzania. Their findings illuminate the relative impact of lifestyle, geography, and genetics in shaping the microbiome. Read Penn Today for more.

    Date posted: 1/23/2019 | View listing
  • PARC Associate Sarah Tishkoff offered commentary on a recent study on skin pigmentation in Latin American people in a Science article. Previous research on pigmentation “has been done on Europeans, where ironically we don’t see a lot of variation,” she said. “One of the last frontiers has been, ‘What about East Asians and Native Americans?’”

    Date posted: 1/23/2019 | View listing
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  • Check out the New Years message from Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

    Date posted: 1/18/2019 | View listing
  • A new study co-led by the Wharton School’s Gideon Nave and PSC & PARC Associate Joseph Kable found that brain size has a slight, but ultimately insignificant, correlation to intelligence in a Philadelphia Inquirer article.

    Date posted: 1/5/2019 | View listing