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Kimball's failed replication of Reinhart-Rogoff finding cited in argument for tempered public response to social science research results

Edin and Shaefer's book on destitute families in America reviewed in NYT

Johnston says rate of daily marijuana use among college students now greater than rate of daily cigarette smoking

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Deirdre Bloome wins ASA award for work on racial inequality and intergenerational transmission

Bob Willis awarded 2015 Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Field of Labor Economics

David Lam is new director of Institute for Social Research

Elizabeth Bruch wins Robert Merton Prize for paper in analytic sociology

Next Brown Bag

Monday, Oct 12
Joe Grengs, Policy & Planning for Social Equity in Transportation

Population and Ecology Research Laboratory (PERL)

a PSC Affiliated Research Program

William Axinn

PERL has the following research, training and institutional goals.

Research goals:
To assess the influence of rapid changes in the ecological context on population processes, with a special emphasis on the process of family formation, urbanization, children's well-being, and population growth.

To assess the influence of changing demographic parameters, particularly related to population growth, migration, and family formation, on the ecological context.

Teaching goals:
To train Nepali applied social scientists in state-of-the-art social and environmental science research methods.

To train U. S. social science students in research methods appropriate in the context of a developing country.

Institutional goals:
To create and institutionalize technical infrastructure for ongoing social science and demographic research in Nepal, including computing facilities and a survey research staff.

To develop strong institutional links between Nepalese institutions and the University of Michigan that will be the basis for cooperative research projects and training faculty and students at both sites.

Project website: http://perl.psc.isr.umich.edu/

Countries of Focus: Nepal, USA

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