The Population Studies Center (PSC) at the University of Michigan was established in 1961. Initially a unit of the Department of Sociology, PSC joined the Institute of Social Research in 1998 and moved into the main ISR building in 2003. Becoming a Center within ISR has increased opportunities for collaborative research and improved access to knowledge about survey methodologies, especially those related to large data collections. Presently, PSC has 78 Research Affiliates from 12 departments and schools. Eight signature themes collectively describe the main areas of research at PSC: 1) Families, fertility, and children;2) Inequality;3) Population dynamics;4) Health, disability, and mortality;5) Aging;6) Human Capital, labor and wealth;7) Data collection and methods for population research;and 8) International studies. Since July 1, 2006, PSC researchers have published 1,069 peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and chapters. As of July 2010, PSC houses 56 funded research projects (with supplements for five projects) and has provided infrastructure support for 52 others, spanning all eight signature research themes. The total costs of PSCs externally funded projects increased from $5.9 million in FY2005 to $8.5 million in FY2010. This application seeks support to continue building on our existing strengths and enhancing our contribution to population science. To this end, we request support for four existing research service cores: administrative, computing, information services, and methodology, and a new developmental core.

Public Health Relevance

The research undertaken at the Population Studies Center is vital for gauging and understanding the health and wellbeing of adults and children. Key areas of PSC research include health, aging, inequality, migration, families, and children.

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
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Burgard, Sarah A; Seelye, Sarah (2017) Histories of Perceived Job Insecurity and Psychological Distress Among Older U.S. Adults. Soc Ment Health 7:21-35
Killewald, Alexandra; Pfeffer, Fabian T; Schachner, Jared N (2017) WEALTH INEQUALITY AND ACCUMULATION. Annu Rev Sociol 43:379-404
Fomby, Paula; Sastry, Narayan; McGonagle, Katherine A (2017) Effectiveness of a Time-Limited Incentive on Participation by Hard-to-Reach Respondents in a Panel Study. Field methods 29:238-251
Xu, Hongwei; Xie, Yu (2017) Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health in China: A Reassessment with Data from the 2010-2012 China Family Panel Studies. Soc Indic Res 132:219-239
Ghimire, Dirgha J (2017) Social context of first birth timing in a rapidly changing rural setting. Soc Sci Res 61:314-329
Jennings, Elyse A (2017) Family composition and marital dissolution in rural Nepal, 1945-2008. Popul Stud (Camb) 71:229-248
Fomby, Paula; Osborne, Cynthia (2017) Family Instability, Multipartner Fertility, and Behavior in Middle Childhood. J Marriage Fam 79:75-93
Miller, Warren B; Barber, Jennifer S; Schulz, Paul (2017) Do perceptions of their partners' childbearing desires affect young women's pregnancy risk? Further study of ambivalence. Popul Stud (Camb) 71:101-116
Compernolle, Ellen L (2017) Disentangling Perceived Norms: Predictors of Unintended Pregnancy During the Transition to Adulthood. J Marriage Fam 79:1076-1095
Smith-Greenaway, Emily; Clark, Shelley (2017) Variation in the link between parental divorce and children's health disadvantage in low and high divorce settings. SSM Popul Health 3:473-486

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