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Training in the Demography and Economics of Aging

a PSC Research Training Program

Investigators:   John Bound, Sarah Burgard, Robert F. Schoeni, Arline T. Geronimus, Barbara A. Anderson, Jennifer S. Barber, Dean Yang

The Population Studies Center of the University of Michigan requests a five-year renewal of its training program in the demography and economics of aging. Michigan has one of the oldest population centers in the United States, with a distinguished record in domestic and international population research and training. The University?s highly ranked social science departments and professional schools, combined with the unique strengths of the Institute for Social Research, make it an exceptionally strong home for research and training in the demography of aging. The Center?s current group of faculty is the strongest and most interdisciplinary in its history, making major contributions in many areas of research in the economics and demography of aging.
The proposed training program will provide specialized demographic training to selected predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees. The predoctoral training program is based in the doctoral programs in sociology, economics, and public health. Students combine the specific doctoral requirements in each discipline with additional specialized training in demography through a combination of formal coursework, informal seminars, and a research apprenticeship program grounded in PSC?s rich interdisciplinary environment. Postdoctoral training, which is provided to researchers from a variety of disciplines, is coordinated with a faculty mentor and includes course work, seminars and collaborative or independent research.
This proposal seeks support for 8 predoctoral and 4 postdoctoral trainees per year, which is a continuation of exactly the same number of slots as our current grant. A major focus of our program is socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic disparities in health, a focus that was facilitated by the addition of public health into the program in the previous renewal. The recent record of the program in terms of recruitment, progress, and professional placement is excellent, with trainees moving into top academic and non-academic positions and producing high-quality research that is published in leading journals in the field. Our record of recruitment, retention, and placement of under-represented minority trainees is particularly strong.

Funding Period: 05/01/2012 to 04/30/2017

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