About PGDA

The output of the Program on the Global Demography of Aging at Harvard University is in the form of research seminars, working papers, publications, workshops and research proposals. The PGDA provides support for research on demographic change and aging throughout the world, with a particular focus on developing countries. An important component of this research is the role of burden of disability and disease in aging, particularly the measurement of this burden, as well as analyzing its causes and consequences. PGDA supports existing program of research at Harvard University as well as encourages the development of new research and is a component of a wider university initiative on Global Health.

In July 2008, the PGDA moved to the newly renovated Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies in Cambridge, under the direction of Lisa Berkman. The mission of HCPDS is to promote cross-disciplinary research on critical issues of population, health and development that will advance the well-being of the global poor. The PGDA and HCPDS coordinate to disseminate research and information to members of the Harvard community and beyond.

Research Themes

The Program on the Global Demography of Aging’s research focuses on six main themes:

  • measurement of the global pattern of disease, mortality, and morbidity in aging populations
  • social determinants of population health and aging
  • economics of health care provision for the elderly
  • economics of aging (macroeconomics, behavioral and experimental)
  • migration and aging
  • aging and HIV/AIDS

Ongoing PGDA research can be found under Pilot Projects and Working Papers.
PGDA Themes and Theme Leaders

Measurement of the global patterns of disease, mortality, and morbidity:
Arthur Kleinman
Gary King
Joshua Salomon

Social determinants of population health and aging:
Lisa Berkman
Ichiro Kawachi

Economics of health care provision for the elderly:
Joseph P. Newhouse
Thomas McGuire
Amitabh Chandra

Economics of aging:
David Bloom
David Canning
Sendhil Mullainathan

Mary Waters
George Borjas

Aging and HIV/AIDS:
Till Baernighausen
Max Essex