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Spring 2013

University of Michigan

Where we are now. What we’re doing. What we’re saying. What we’re using.

PSC Center News - Spring 2013


PSC Center News - Spring 2013


Media Citings Lydia Li, on the connection between social contacts and well-being in midlife., 8/23/2012. “Middle-aged people often have to cope with multiple demands and have limited time for themselves. But it is worthwhile to spare time and effort to expand and nurture relationships. For women in particular, friendship is a good investment.”

James House, on the view that chronic stress may be contributing to the decline in women’s life expectancy. Hartford Courant, 11/12/2012. “It’s a hypothesis at this point, but a reasonable and plausible one. Women may have gained work opportunities over the last four decades, but society has done relatively little to help them support their increased responsibilities.”

“Our analysis con irms what everyone

suspected: people are using their retirement accounts to help when their kids are going to college or their spouse loses a job. Sure, many employers make participation mandatory but you can subvert your employer’s mandate by borrowing against the money for any number of reasons. So allowing pre-retirement access to these funds is a problem.”

Jennifer Barber, on why unintended children receive fewer parental resources and harsher parenting than intended children. The Atlantic, 9/19/2012.

“This kind of pattern could be due to parental stress and a lack of patience that’s directed explicitly toward an unwanted child.”

Sheldon Danziger, on the unequal distribution of the advantages of recent economic growth. New York Times, 10/19/2012.

“We need substantial government help to raise the economic prospects and family incomes for those who benefit little from today’s Frank Stafford, on working economic growth. Their Americans dipping into their higher incomes together retirement savings. CBS News, with increased support for 2/6/2013. their children’s educational attainment, from preschool through college, would increase social mobility and contribute to more rapid, less-unequal growth in the future.”

William Frey, on the 25.7% decline in birthrate among Mexican-American and Mexican immigrant women in 2011. New York Times, 12/31, 2012.

“It is surprising. When you hear about a decrease in the birthrate, you don’t expect Latinos to be at the forefront of the trend.”

Michael Elliott, on the effects of lead poisoning on Detroit students’ performance on standardized achievement tests, Detroit Free Press, 2/25/2013. “The higher the blood level was, the more likely they were to not test proficiently.”

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Media Citings Bridget Lavelle, on the many U.S. women who lose their health insurance every year as a result of divorce., 11/12/2012

“The current health care and insurance system in the U.S. is inadequate for a population in which multiple marital and job changes over the life course are not uncommon. It remains to be seen how effective the Affordable Care Act will be in remedying the problem of insurance loss after divorce, but the law has provisions that may help substantially.”

“You’re keeping the lights on, you’re not being evicted, the kids are not hungry, the family is protected. It allows you to g and I’m say, ‘I’m doing what I’m doing, not out on the street.’ ” Kristin Seefeldt, on the rationale for complex resource juggling and revolving debt among low-income single mothers. New York Times, 1/14/2013.

Fabian Pfeffer, on social mobility in the U.S.,, 9/5/2012.

“Especially in the United States, people underestimate the extent to which your destiny is linked to your background… [T]hese data show that parental wealth has an important role in shielding offspring from downward mobility and sustaining their upward mobility.”

“My hairdresser is not going to be happy with the trimming I gave my bangs this morning. I need no distractions this evening.... Here’s a prediction for tonight: lots of favorite sites will crash or be really slow.... The Florida 2012 returns don’t look markedly different from 2008 for the populous counties. But, the evening is still young.... Will we end up with only 2 state lips in 2012 - IN and NC? 8 states lipped in 2008. Net +6 for the Democrats.... Watching FOX right now is like watching my son when #mgoblue is down 14 with 5 minutes to go. ” Lisa Neidert, tweeting from NPR headquarters on election night. 11/6/2012.

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Lloyd Johnston, on the shrinking number of teens who view regular pot use as harmful,, 3/19/2013.

“This shift in perceived risk may very well have resulted from the widespread endorsement of medical marijuana use.”

Vicki Freedman, on the recent uptick in disabilities among Americans 5564 years of age., 10/29/2012.

“We were surprised to find that baby boomers aren’t doing better. . . This trend will be important to watch down the road because of the impact it may have on America’s families and on public health care programs.”


21 questions with

Colter Mitchell Colter Mitchell has connections to PSC going back to 2003, having been a predoctoral trainee at the Center (statistics and sociology). He recently returned to Michigan, becoming a PSC Faculty Associate in 2012. Broadly, he investigates the causes and consequences of variation in family formation, using methods from sociology, demography, statistics, and biology. One line of his research concentrates on how the family, neighborhood, and local community influence family formation beliefs, values, and behavior. More recently, he has expanded his research by using genetic and epigenetic information to augment current models in the family sociology, demography, and health literatures. He has found that when genetic and epigenetic information is included, the family environment often has stronger and more lucid effects on health and behavioral outcomes. Colter is passionate about the integration of biology and social factors and loves working on a wide range of topics including assortative mating, obesity, mental health, cognitive ability, and social inequality. He is also interested in methodological and statistical issues that arise in survey research of the family, especially how large surveys collect and analyze both family structure histories and biological data.

1. First job? That depends on how you define job. Several summers I worked as a ranch hand, but only for a couple months at a time. My first more permanent job was an electrician’s assistant while I was an undergraduate. It was part-time, but paid for room and board!

2. First website you access in the morning? CNN. com,, or

3. Recently read book? Born Together-Raised Apart, by Nancy Segal.

4. First music you ever bought? Michael Jackson’s Thriller (in Feb. 1985).

5. If you could choose another career other than sociologist? Physician, I love the idea of working at the true intersection of biology and social life—the body.

6. Current favorite vacation destination? We love going to cities: D.C., New York, Philadelphia, Chicago.

7. What makes you laugh out loud? My children, with Jon Stewart and Pysch coming in at a tie for a distant second.

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8. What ticks you off? Hypocrites.(Good thing the Daily Show is a comedy otherwise I probably would have broken the TV by now!)

9. If you had a time machine, where and when would you visit? Oct. 21, 2015, and they better have flying cars!

10. If you could have any three dinner companions? Me from the distant future, Jesus Christ, and a scientist from 200-300 years from now (oh so many questions!!!)

11. What super power would you like to have? Teleportation.

12. Life-changing moment? Parents’ divorce when I was 5 – my life would have been completely different without that event.

13. Parents’ greatest impact? My mother’s incredible humility. Despite being one of the smartest people I have ever known, she never took herself seriously. And my father’s profound love of people and willingness to sacrifice so much of himself for someone in need. (By the way, I am not saying I inherited these traits, just that they were influential!)


STUDYING PRISONS & INEQUALITY Jay Borchert, a PSC predoctoral trainee, recently traveled to Houston in conjunction with his research on American prisons and prisoners. Invited to the annual meeting of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA), Jay made a research presentation to ASCA’s Research and Best Practices Committee. ASCA is the primary professional organization for high-ranking correctional officials nationwide and having the opportunity to discuss his research with the membership, as well as to recruit potential research subjects, was significant in moving Jay’s project forward. His project, “American Corrections: Why and How U.S. Prisons Reshape and Refine American Inequality,” has

6. Current favorite vacation destination? We love going to cities: D.C., New York, Philadelphia, Chicago.

been funded by PSC through a grant from the Eva L. Mueller Fund for New Directions in Economics and Demography Fund, as well as a Rackham Pre-candidate Grant, and a Department of Sociology Practicum Grant.

14. Mind you’d most like to read? Work: Reviewers for Jay’s dedication to researching this highly marginalized

my grants and articles. Personal: Wife and kids.

population has been honed through nearly four years

15. Best award you ever won? #1 Dad award from my kids a few years ago – I have a handmade apron to prove it!

of training with Dave Harding and Jeff Morenoff as a Research Assistant on the “Michigan Study of Life after

16. If money were no object, what would you like to

Prison,” a longitudinal examination of the pre- and

finance? Food for education programs in every country.

post-prison characteristics of Michigan parolees. Jay

17. Memorable movie line? “Get busy living or get busy

is currently co-authoring an article with Harding and

dying” from The Shawshank Redemption.

18. Favorite room in home? Living room, it has best

Morenoff on the neighborhood effects of employment

lighting and most comfortable seating in the house.

trajectories among Michigan parolees.

19. Guilty pleasure? Oreos with milk – if we could make them more nutritious I could live off them!

As a result of Jay’s success in Houston, he will be using

20. What do you like about your work? I love trying

the Mueller award to fund travel to interview state

to figure out ways to learn new things and then actually being able to try to do it!

correctional directors and officials with the Federal

21. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Bureau of Prisons. He plans to use findings from this

Surrounded by colleagues and data in the middle of a wave of new and exciting research!

research in completing his dissertation.

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Recent Journal Articles by PSC Affiliates Alter, George C. 2012. “Genera on to genera on: Life course, family, and community.” Social Science History, 37(1): 1-26. DOI. Angelucci, Manuela, and O. A anasio. 2013. “The Demand for Food of Poor Urban Mexican Households: Understanding Policy Impacts Using Structural Models.” American Economic Journal-Economic Policy, 5(1): 146-178. DOI. Bailey, Martha J., Brad Hershbein, and A. Miller. 2012. “The Opt-In Revolu on? Contracep on and the Gender Gap in Wages.” American Economic Journal-Applied Economics, 4(3): 225-254. DOI. Best, Rachel. 2012. “Disease Poli cs and Medical Research Funding: Three Ways Advocacy Shapes Policy.” American Sociological Review, 77(5): 780803. DOI. Bound, John, Michael Lovenheim, and Sarah E. Turner. 2012. “Increasing Time to Baccalaureate Degree in the United States.” EducaƟon Finance and Policy, 7(4): 375-424. DOI. Boustan, L., M. Kahn, and Paul W. Rhode. 2012. “Moving to Higher Ground: Migra on Response to Natural Disasters in the Early 20th Century.” American Economic Review, 102(3): 238-244. DOI. Bruch, Elizabeth Eve, and Robert Mare. 2012. “Methodological issues in the analysis of residen al preferences, residen al mobility, and neighborhood change.” Sociological Methodology, 42(1): 103-154. DOI. Burgard, Sarah, and Jennifer Ailshire. 2013. “Gender and Time for Sleep among U.S. Adults.” American Sociological Review, 78(1): 51-69. DOI. Burgard, Sarah, Kris n Seefeldt, and Sarah Zelner. 2012. “Housing Instability and Health: Findings from the Michigan Recession and Recovery Study.” Social Science & Medicine, 75(12): 2215-2224. DOI. Clarke, Philippa J., V. Marshall, and David Weir. 2012. “Unexpected re rement from full me work a er age 62: consequences for life sa sfac on in older Americans.” European Journal of Ageing, 9(3): 207219. DOI. Dimick, J., Lauren Nicholas, A. Ryan, J. Thumma, and J. Birkmeyer. 2013. “Bariatric surgery complica ons before vs a er implementa on of a na onal policy restric ng coverage to centers of excellence.” Journal of the American Medical AssociaƟon, 309(8): 792-9. DOI. Frey, William H. 2013. Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics Are Remaking America. Washington D.C.: Brookings Ins tu on Press. Groves, Robert M., S. Presser, Roger Tourangeau, B. West, Mick P. Couper, Eleanor Singer, and C. Toppe. 2012. “Support for the Survey Sponsor and Nonresponse Bias.” Public Opinion Quarterly, 76(3): 512-524. DOI. Harding, David J., Jeffrey Morenoff, and Claire Herbert. Forthcoming. “Home is Hard to Find: Neighborhoods, Ins tu ons, and the Residen al Trajectories of Returning Prisoners.” Annals of the American Academy of PoliƟcal and Social Science. Heaton, Tim B., and Colter Mitchell. 2012. “Changing Intergroup Boundaries in Intermarriage in Brazil: 1991-2008.” Journal of ComparaƟve Family Studies, 43(4): 461-482. Hudson, Darrell, Kai Bullard, Harold Neighbors, Arline T. Geronimus, Juan Yang, and James S. Jackson. 2012. “Are benefits conferred with greater socioeconomic posi on undermined by racial discrimina on among African American men?” Journal of Men’s Health, 9(2): 127-136. DOI. Hunte, H., G. Mentz, James S. House, A. Schulz, David R. Williams, Michael R. Ellio , Jeffrey Morenoff, and D. White-Perkins. 2012. “Varia ons in hypertension-related outcomes among Blacks, Whites and Hispanics in two large urban areas and in the United States.” Ethnicity & Disease, 22(4): 391-7. Jennings, Elyse Ann, William Axinn, and Dirgha Ghimire. 2012. “The Effect of Parents’ A tudes on Sons’ Marriage Timing.” American Sociological Review, 77(6): 923-945. DOI. Kohler, H., and Rebecca L. Thornton. 2012. “Condi onal Cash Transfers and HIV/AIDS Preven on: Uncondi onally Promising?” World Bank Economic Review, 26(2): 165-190. DOI.

Krupka, E., and Melvin Stephens, Jr. 2013. “The stability of measured me preferences.” Journal of Economic Behavior & OrganizaƟon, 85: 11-19. DOI. Lavelle, Bridget, and Pamela Smock. 2012. “Divorce and women’s risk of health insurance loss.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 53(4): 413431.. DOI. Leonard, Susan Hautaniemi, Jefferey K. Beemer, and Douglas Anderton. 2012. “Immigra on, wealth and the ‘mortality plateau’ in emergent industrial ci es of nineteenth-century Massachuse s.” ConƟnuity and Change, 27(3): 433-459. DOI. Li, Lydia W., Y. Long, E. Essex, Y. Sui, and L. Gao. 2012. “Elderly Chinese and their family caregivers’ percep ons of good care: a qualita ve study in Shandong, China.” Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 55(7): 609-25. DOI. McEniry, Mary. 2013. “Early Life Condi ons and Older Adult Health in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Review.” Journal of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 4(1): 10-29. DOI. McGonagle, K., Robert F. Schoeni, Narayan Sastry, and Vicki Freedman. 2012. “The Panel Study of Income Dynamics: Overview, Recent Innova ons, and Poten al for Life Course Research.” Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 3(2): 268-284. Merchant, Emily, B. Gra on, and Myron Gutmann. 2012. “A Sudden Transi on: Household Changes for Middle Aged U.S. Women in the Twen eth Century.” PopulaƟon Research and Policy Review, 31(5): 703726. DOI. Parker, A., W. de Bruin, J. Yoong, and Robert Willis. 2012. “Inappropriate Confidence and Re rement Planning: Four Studies with a Na onal Sample.” Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 25(4): 382-389. DOI. Sakshaug, Joseph, Mick P. Couper, Mary Beth Ofstedal, and David Weir. 2012. “Linking survey and administra ve records: mechanisms of consent.” Sociological Methods and Research, 41: 535-569. DOI. Schmidt, Lucie G., and Sheldon H. Danziger. 2012. “Filling holes in the safety net? Material hardship and subjec ve well-being among disability benefit applicants and recipients a er the 1996 welfare reform.” Social Science Research, 41(6): 1581-97. DOI. Schoeni, Robert F., Frank P. Stafford, Katherine McGonagle, and Patricia Andreski. 2013. “Response Rates in Na onal Panel Surveys.” Annals of the American Academy of PoliƟcal and Social Science, 645(1): 60-87. DOI. Singer, Eleanor, and C. Ye. 2013. “The Use and Effects of Incen ves in Surveys.” Annals of the American Academy of PoliƟcal and Social Science, 645(1): 112-141. DOI. S dham-Hall, Kelli, Caroline Moreau, and James Trussell. 2012. “Determinants of and dispari es in reproduc ve health service use among adolescent and young adult women in the United States, 20022008.” American Journal of Public Health, 102(2): 359-367. DOI. Teerawichitchainan, B., and John E. Knodel. 2012. “Tradi on and change in marriage payments in Vietnam, 1963-2000.” Asian PopulaƟon Studies, 8(2): 151-172. DOI. Thornton, Arland, Dirgha Ghimire, and Colter Mitchell. 2012. “The measurement and prevalence of an idea onal model of family and economic development in Nepal.” PopulaƟon Studies, 66(3): 329-345. DOI. Williams, Nathalie, Dirgha Ghimire, William Axinn, Elyse Ann Jennings, and Meeta Sainju Pradhan. 2012. “A Micro-Level Event-Centered Approach to Inves ga ng Armed Conflict and Popula on Responses.” Demography, 49(4): 1521-1546. DOI. Xie, Yu, Arland Thornton, Guangzhou Wang, and Qing Lai. 2012. “Societal Projec on: Beliefs Concerning the Rela onship between Development and Inequality in China.” Social Science Research, 41(5): 1069-1084. DOI. Zhou, Xiang, and Yu Xie. Forthcoming. “Propensity-Score-Based Methods versus MTE-Based Methods in Causal Inference: Iden fica on, Es ma on, and Applica on.” Sociological Methods and Research.

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Recently Funded Projects at PSC Dirgha Ghimire CNH: Feedbacks Between Human Community Dynamics and Socioecological Vulnerability in a Biodiversity Hotspot Arizona State University; Na onal Science Founda on (NSF) 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013 $298,000

In many se ngs, invasive alien species are one of the most dangerous threats to both human and natural systems. Mikania micrantha is among the world’s 100 worst invasive alien species and frequently appears in lists of the 10 worst weeds in the world. This project features a unique combina on of research to understand Mikania micrantha’s threat to human and natural systems in Chitwan Nepal, and to develop an interven on to mi gate that threat. The research will examine rela onships between human organiza ons, agriculture, and alien species; create and evaluate an interven on to slow invasive alien species; and use agent-based modeling techniques to synthesize new and exis ng findings and evaluate future scenarios of invasive alien species and adap ve management efforts.

Jason Kerwin and Rebecca Thornton Response of Malawians’ Sexual Behavior to InformaƟon about HIV Transmission Risks Russell Sage Founda on 8/1/2012 - 7/31/2013 $7,500

From the PSC Library According to a recent NIH notice, starting from July 1, 2013, NIH will delay processing of an award if publications arising from it are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy. Please be reminded that peer-reviewed journal articles arising from NIH grants (including T32 training grants) need to have PubMed Central IDs (PMCIDs) within three months of publication. Here are a few tips for getting a PMCID in a timely manner:

Despite substan al investments in the promo on of safer sex, Southern Africa has con nued to experience a severe HIV epidemic, and condom use remains rare in the region. In Malawi, some people exhibit “fatalis c” behavior - their beliefs about the high risk of HIV transmission have led them to decide they must already have the virus. This project will explore how providing informa on about the true risk of HIV transmission from an infected sex partner – which is lower than most people believe – will affect their risky sex behavior. The project will directly provide informa on about HIV transmission risks to randomlyselected people from Malawi’s Zomba District.

David Lam FerƟlity Timing and Women’s Economic Outcomes in South Africa Popula on Reference Bureau; William and Flora Hewle Founda on 11/15/2012 - 11/14/2014 $175,000

This project will take advantage of rich longitudinal data from South Africa to analyze the rela onship between fer lity and women’s economic outcomes. The project uses data from three longitudinal surveys that include birth histories and fer lity data; longitudinal informa on on women’s labor force ac vity, earnings, migra on, household income, government transfers, and poverty status; and informa on on family background and early life characteris cs. A major focus of the project will be integra ng data on the ming and placement of family planning clinics with the na onally representa ve data in the Na onal Income Dynamics Study. There is good reason to believe that temporal and spa al varia on in access to these clinics is associated with the ming of first births, providing an exogenous source of varia on in fer lity ming that can be linked to our detailed data on later economic outcomes.

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PMCIDs Made Simple (Really)

1. Cite NIH grant numbers in your paper. (Some publishers will deposit for you if grant numbers are cited.) See PSC grant acknowledgement examples. 2. Determine how to get a PMCID for your paper. The publisher’s policy determines the submission methods. Find out the method by using our journal database or communicating with the journal at the time of paper acceptance. 3. Email your inal accepted manuscripts to PSC library upon acceptance for publication if you need any assistance. We can help to determine the submission method and deposit the paper. 4. Follow NIH email instructions to approve submissions made by the library or publishers. If you do not approve, the submissions are not moving forward to obtain PMCIDs. Select the Google or U-M login option if you don’t have an eRA Commons login for painless future login retrieval. Feel free to stop by the library or email with any questions!

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SHELDON DANZIGER has been appointed the tenth president of the Russell Sage Foundation. Commenting on the appointment, current RSF president Eric Wanner said, “Sheldon’s strong commitment to rigorous social science research and its implications steward of the ffor policy li will ill make k him hi an excellent ll Foundation’s long tradition of working to strengthen social science and apply it more effectively to the analysis of social problems and the design of social policy.” Danziger will join the Foundation on Sept 1. SHELDON DANZIGER will serve as a member of the U.S. Census Bureau’s newly established National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations. The 32-member multidisciplinary committee will advise on variables that affect statistical measurement for Bureau’s programs and surveys, including the decennial census.

PAMELA SMOCK was selected by the Board of Directors of the Population Association of America (PAA) to serve as the next Editor of PAA’s flagship journal, Demography. Her three-year term as Editor begins on May 1, 2013. More than a dozen other PSC researchers have agreed to serve as Deputy Editors during her term. PHILIPPA CLARKE, SUSAN MURPHY, AND YU XIE were among the first-round winners of funding from MCubed -- a two-year seed-funding program designed to encourage the development of new multi-displinary research projects among U-M faculty.

Clarke’s project will analyze how urban-dwelling older people interact with the outside built environment to better understand how to enhance independent mobility. Murphy’s project will focus on the development of individualized, real-time adaptive interventions on mobile phones that will be useful in a number of behavior change areas.

And the project by Yu Xie and colleagues will develop a carbon capture and storage technology that will increase CO2 sorption and desorption capacities.

LAUREN NICHOLAS was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance in January 2013. NASI members are recognized experts in Social Security and retirement security, Medicare and health coverage, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and related social assistance programs. New members have distinguished themselves by improving the b h di ti ih quality of research, administration, or policymaking in one or more of these areas.

DAVID HARDING was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Book Award by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility. The award is for Living the Drama: Community, Conflict, and Culture, published by the University of Chicago in 2010.

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PSC Library: New Book Acquisitions Applied Longitudinal Analysis, Second Edi on, Garre M. Fitzmaurice, Nan M. Laird, and James H. Ware Wiley. 2011. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on

Missing Data: Analysis and Design, John W. Graham Springer. 2012. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on E-Book

How Far Have We Come in Reducing Health Dispari es: Progress Since 2000. Workshop Summary , Karen M. Anderson Na onal Academies Press. 2012. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on

Contemporary Grandparen ng: Changing Family Rela onships in Global Contexts, Sara Arber and Virpi Timonen Policy Press. 2012. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on

From Neurons to Neighborhoods: An Update, Steve Olson Na onal Academies Press. 2012. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on Demographic Change in Southeast Asia: Recent Histories and Future Direc ons, Lindy Williams and Michael Philip Guest Southeast Asia Program Publica ons. 2012. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on Structural Equa on Modeling: Applica ons Using Mplus, Jichuan Wang and Xiaogian Wang Wiley. 2012. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on Introductory Sta s cs with R , Peter Dalgaard Springer. 2012. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on Principles of Applied Sta s cs, D.R. Cox and Chris A. Donnelly Cambridge University Press. 2011. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on

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Categorical Data Analysis , 3rd Ed., Alan Agres Wiley. 2012. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on

Data Analysis with Mplus, Chris an Geiser Guilford Press. 2013. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on

Maximum Likelihood Es ma on with Stata, 4th Ed., William Gould, Jeffrey S. Pitblado, and Brian Poi Stata Press. 2010. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on Kids Don’t Want to Fail: Opposi onal Culture and the Black-White Achievement Gap, Angel L. Harris Harvard University Press. 2011. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on

Aging and the Macroeconomy: Long-Term Implica ons of an Older Popula on Na onal Academies Press. 2012. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on ProQuest Sta s cal Abstract of the United States, 2013 Bernan Press. 2013. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on

Public Health and Aging: Maximizing Func on and Well-Being, 2nd Ed., Steven M. Albert and Vicki A. Freedman Springer. 2010. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on America’s Poor and the Great Recession, Kris n Seefeldt and John Graham Indiana University Press. 2013. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on

U.S. Health in Interna onal Perspec ve: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health, Steven H. Woolf and Laudan Aron Na onal Academies Press. 2013. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on Linear Mixed Models: A Prac cal Guide Using Sta s cal So ware, Brady West, Kathleen Welch, and Andrezej Galecki Chapman & Hall/CRC. 2007. Library Catalog Record Publisher Informa on

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Xiaogang Wu Professor, Division of Social Science Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Lowell Taylor H. John Heinz III Professor of Economics Heinz College Carnegie Mellon University Lowell Taylor was a trainee at PSC from 1980 to 1989. His advisors were John Laitner, Barbara Andersen, David Lam, and Eva Mueller. After earning his PhD in economics at Michigan, Lowell went to Carnegie Mellon University, where he is now Professor of Economics. He is also currently a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago, where he is co-Principal Investigator of the 1997 National Longitudinal Study of Youth. Lowell was recently Visiting Professor in the Economics Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and he previously taught for a short time at the University of Texas at Austin. Lowell also served as a senior economist with President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors. Lowell works on a variety of topics in economics and demography. He is co-author of the first paper ever to appear in Demography studying the gay and lesbian population. He is co-author of two papers that won prominent awards in health economics: the 2012 Arrow Award from the International Health Economic Association for “Unhealthy Insurance Markets: Search Frictions and the Cost and Quality of Health Insurance,” American Economic Review (2011); and the 2004 Health Care Research Award from the National Institute for Health Care for “Physician Incentives in Health Maintenance Organization,” Journal of Political Economy (2004). Lowell and his wife, Melissa Taylor, live in Pittsburgh. Melissa is Associate Chief Nurse for Research at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Their children, Evan and Sarah, are both students in the PhD program in economics at the University of Michigan. Sarah is currently a trainee at the PSC.

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Xiaogang Wu earned his BA in sociology from Renmin University of China in 1991, an MA in sociology from Beijing University in 1994, and a PhD in sociology from UCLA in 2001. He spent two years, from 2001 to 2003, at the Population Studies Center as a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow. His mentor was Yu Xie. After leaving the Center in 2003, Xiaogang accepted an assistant professorship in Social Science Division at HKUST. There, he continues his dissertation research exploring how the household registration system and the work unit system has affected social inequality and shaped social mobility in China. His work has appeared in AJS, ASR, Social Forces, and Demography. He has also extended his research to gender, education, internal migration, and subjective wellbeing in both mainland China and Hong Kong. He was promoted to full professor in 2011. Xiaogang was awarded the Spencer Post-doctoral Fellowship at the National Academy of Education in 2006 and the Prestigious Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences from the University Grants Council of Hong Kong in 2012. In 2009, Xiaogang founded the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research, where he is currently director. Since 2001, he has been the Editor of the Chinese Sociological Review, a quarterly journal in English published by ME Sharpe in New York. He also remains affiliated with PSC as an offcampus researcher. Xiaogang is married with one child. His wife received her MBA degree from the University of Michigan. Their daughter, Yurika, was born in 2010.


Joan Kahn Associate Professor of Sociology Dept. of Sociology University of Maryland

Joan Kahn earned a BA in History at Stanford in 1978 and a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1985. She was a trainee at PSC from 1980-1984 where her advisor was Al Hermalin. To this day, Joan and Al still share research ideas, teaching tips and NY Times articles. After leaving PSC in 1984, Joan spent 3 years as a post-doc and research associate at the Carolina Population Center before joining the sociology department at the University of Maryland–College Park as an Assistant Professor in 1987. She was a founding member of the department’s Center on Population, Gender and Social Inequality, which later grew in to the interdisciplinary (and NIH-funded) Maryland Population Research Center, where Joan served as Associate Director from 2009-2012, and continues to serve as Training Director. She also served as the sociology department’s Director of Graduate Studies from 2002-2008. Much of Joan’s recent research has focused on gender, family, health, and the life course, with an emphasis on the longterm consequences of earlier life course experiences as well as the changing nature of intergenerational relationships. One study looks at gender differences in informal support to family and friends; another considers the long-term impact of children on mothers’ careers; and a third study, forthcoming in Demography, examines intergenerational coresidence and the changing fortunes of older and younger adults. In addition, she has also studied the impact of lifetime financial strain on health at older ages. Joan is married to Len Blackman. They have one son, Jeffrey, now age 17, who is considering Michigan as a possible college destination. Jeffrey visited Ann Arbor when Joan attended the PSC 50th anniversary celebration, and the highpoint (for him) was undoubtedly the PSC private tour of the Big House!

John Iceland Professor and Head Dept. of Sociology Penn State University

After he earned a PhD in sociology from Brown University, John Iceland was a postdoc at PSC from 1996 to 1998. While at the Center he worked with a number of researchers, including Sandy Hofferth, Pamela Smock, and David Harris. Following his PSC postdoc, John joined the Poverty and Health Statistics Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau in 1998. There he continued research on poverty issues and became Chief of the branch in 2001. In 2003 he accepted an appointment in the department of sociology at the University of Maryland, where he taught and conducted research for the next five years. Since 2008, John has been Professor of Sociology and Demography at Penn State University, and he has been Head of the department for the past two years. John’s research focuses on poverty, racial and ethnic residential segregation, and immigration. He is an author of two books on these issues: Where We Live Now: Immigration and Race in the United States (2009, University of California Press) and Poverty in America (3rd edition published in 2013, University of California Press). He has written several articles on poverty measurement issues and has testified before a Congressional subcommittee examining problems with the current U.S. official poverty measure. He is on the editorial board of a number of social science journals and recently served as an elected member of the Population Association of America Board of Directors and the American Sociological Association Population Section Council. John is married to Jean D’Amico, whom he met at PSC. She is currently a researcher at the Population Reference Bureau. They have two children, ages 10 and 8. He enjoys running, reading, and watching movies with his family.

 PSC Center News - Spring 2013


Departing Trainees The following PSC trainees are about to take leave of the Center for other pursuits.

Kate Ambler, PhD in economics (2013). On to Postdoctoral Fellowship, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC.

Emily Beam, PhD in economics (2013). On to Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, National University of Singapore.

Cass Dorius, PSC Postdoctoral Fellow. On to Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State tate Univ.

Shawn Dorius, PSC Postdoctoral Fellow. On to Assistant Professor of Sociology, Iowa State Univ.

Susan Godlonton, PhD in economics (2013). On to Postdoctoral Fellowship, International Food Policy Research Institute, 2013-2014. Then on to Assistant Professor in Economics, Williams College, 2014.

Jessica Hoel, PhD in economics (2013). On to Postdoctoral Fellowship, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC.

Elyse Ann Jennings, PhD in sociology (2013). On to Postdoctoral Trainee, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina.

Kenzie Latham, NIA Postdoctoral Fellow. On to Assistant Professor of Sociology, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Sarah Taylor, PhD in economics (2013). On to Postdoctoral Fellowship, Duke University.

Jessica Wyse, NIA Postdoctoral Fellow. On the job market in public policy.

Caroline Hartnett, NIA Postdoctoral Fellow. On to Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of South Carolina.

ď ś PSC Center News - Spring 2013


PSC News - Spring 2013  

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