Work in Progress Luncheons

Friday Lunch Seminars

The Harvard Pop Center and the Program on the Global Demography of Aging are pleased to sponsor a Friday lunch series focusing on salient issues in population health, demography, and economics. Formerly known as the “Population Economics Group” luncheons, these informal gatherings serve as opportunities for researchers to garner important feedback from others working in similar areas.

Sessions are scheduled on Fridays from 12:30 – 1:30 at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge. The presenters lecture on their work for 20-30 minutes with the remaining time left for audience response. Lunch is provided.

All faculty and students are invited to attend.

Faculty and staff who are interested in presenting their working papers and ongoing research are encouraged to contact Donna DiBartolomeo at ddibart@hsph.harvard.edu.

FALL 2014
Upcoming luncheon seminars will be posted here.

SPRING 2014

Date: February 14
Title: TBD
Presenter: TBD

Date: February 21
Title: TBD
Presenter: Mark McGovern, PhD, PGDA Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: February 28
Title: TBD
Presenter: Ian Salas, PhD, Bell Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: March 7
Title: TBD
Presenter: Erika Sabbath,
PhD, Research Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: March 14
Title: Diurnal profile of affect, self-esteem, tiredness and suicidality in Major Depressive Disorder
Presenter: 
Eimear Crowe, PhD candidate, Dept. of Psychiatry and Mental Health Research, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, and the School of Medicine, University College Dublin

Date: March 21 – No seminar – Spring Break

Date: March 28
Title: TBD
Presenter: Laura Yasaitis, PhD, Research Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: April 4
Title: TBD
Presenter: Adam Lippert, PhD, RWJF Health & Society Scholar, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: April 11 – No seminar – HCPDS workshop

Date: April 18 – No seminar – Good Friday

Date: April 25
Title: TBD
Presenter: Jessica Williams, PhD, RWJF Health & Society Scholar, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: May 2
Title: TBD
Presenter: Selena Ortiz, PhD, RWJF Health & Society Scholar, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

FALL 2013

Date: September 6 – No Seminar – Rosh Hashanah

Date: September 13
Title: Economic recessions across the life-course and health in old age
Presenter: Mauricio Avendano, PhD, Principal Research Fellow, LSE Health, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

Date: September 20
Title: The social determinants of health behaviors: Identifying potential mechanisms between the social environment and physical activity and eating behavior among youth
Presenter: Roman Pabayo, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

Date: September 27No Seminar

Date: October 4
Title: Region-based v. Distance-based Information in Emergency Health Risk Communication: Evidence from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster
Presenter: Hiroaki Matsuura, ScD, Departmental Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies and Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford

Date: October 11
Title: Economic Growth and Child Undernutrition in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Presenter: Sebastian Vollmer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Development Economics, University of Göttingen, Department of Economics and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Global Health and Population

Date: October 18
Title: A Couple-Level Analysis of Unemployment and Health Behaviors
Presenter: Margaret Gough, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

Date: October 25
Title: Gender disparities in mortality, coverage of health interventions, and nutrition among children in India
Presenter: Daniel Corsi, PhD, Bell Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: November 1
Title: TBD
Presenter: Peter Rockers, ScD candidate, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

Date: November 8No Seminar

Date: November 15
Title: TBD
Presenter: Clemens Noelke, Dr.rer.soc, David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: November 22
Title: TBD
Presenter: Corrina Moucheraud, ScD candidate, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

Date: November 29No Seminar – Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Date: December 6
Title: TBD
Presenter: Juliane Zenker, PhD candidate, Development Economics Research Group, University of Göttingen, and Institute of Social Policy, School of Economics and Management, University of Hannover

Date: December 13
Title: TBD
Presenter: Catherine Kreatsoulas, PhD, Research Fellow, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

SPRING 2013

Date: February 15
Title: The Effect of Education on Teenage Fertility: Evidence from the 1994 Educational Reform in Ethiopia
Presenter: Elina Pradhan, MSc candidate, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

Date: February 22
Title: Evaluating competing explanations for an association between income inequality and Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States
Presenter: Guy Harling, ScD candidate, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

Date: March 1
Title: Spillover effects of the Great Recession on health
Presenter: Mariana Arcaya, ScD candidate, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

Date: March 15
Title: (In)Flexible Work Schedules and Smoking: Preliminary results from the Work, Family and Health Network
Presenter: David Hurtado, ScD candidate, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

Date: March 22 – Spring Break – no seminar

Date: March 29 – Good Friday – no seminar

Date: April 5
Title: Is takeaway food environment exposure associated with takeaway consumption and body weight? Evidence from UK and US studies of adults and children
Presenter: Tom Burgoine, PhD, Career Development Fellow, Centre for Diet and Activity Research, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge

Date: Monday, April 15 (**Please note this seminar will take place Monday, April 15 from 12:30-1:30PM instead of the original time of Friday, April 12**)
Title: Using Psychophysiological Methods to Explore Effects of Sociocultural Racial Stressors on Stress Reactivity and Executive Functioning among US Born Black and White Young Adults
Presenter: Courtney Cogburn, PhD, RWJF Health & Society Scholar, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: April 26
Title: Preventing Obesity and Improving Diet Through Public Policy
Presenter: Christina Roberto, PhD, RWJF Health & Society Scholar, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: May 3
Title: Cash transfers and teen pregnancy in South Africa: Evidence from natural experiments
Presenter: Jacob Bor, ScD candidate, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

Date: May 10
Title: Education policy in the US and adolescent health
Presenter: Sam Liu, PhD, Principal Analyst, Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard School of Public Health

FALL 2012

Date: September 7
Title: Evaluation of IMPACT Project on HDSS districts: The use of demographic and health surveys as reference population
Presenter: Francis Levira, MSc., Visiting Scientist, Ifakara Health Institute

Date: September 14
Title: The evolution of the body mass index distribution – Revisiting Rose’s theory of population change
Presenter: Fahad Razak, MD, Clinical fellow in internal medicine, University of Toronto and postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health, HSPH

Date: October 5
Title: Individual behavior as pathway between early-life shocks and adult health outcomes: Evidence from hunger episodes in post-WW2 Germany
Presenter: Iris Kesternich, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Seminar for Comparative Economics, University of Munich

Date: October 12
Title: Exposure to workplace harassment and risk of injury among health care workers
Presenter: Erika Sabbath, PhD, Research Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: October 19
Title: Missing Women: Age and Disease: A Correction
Presenter: Sebastian Vollmer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Development Economics, University of Göttingen, Department of Economics and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Global Health and Population

Date: October 26
Title: Does International Migration Benefit the Sender Country? The Mexico-U.S. Case
Presenter: Iván Mejía-Guevara, PhD, Principal Analyst, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: November 2
Title: A quest for human immortality: trends in longevity and life expectancy
Presenter: Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, PhD, Bell Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: November 9
Title: Health Consequences of Childhood Stress for Individuals and Their Spouses
Presenter: Esther Friedman, PhD, RWJF Health & Society Scholar, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: November 30
Title: The Causal Effect of Job Insecurity on Sickness Absence: Evidence from a British Job Security Provisions Reform
Presenter: Clemens Noelke, Dr.rer.soc, Bell Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: December 7
Title: Using Interviewer Random Effects to Calculate Unbiased HIV Prevalence Estimates in the Presence of Non-Response: a Bayesian Approach
Presenter: Mark McGovern, PhD, PGDA Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: December 14
Title: Parental body mass index and offspring growth in China: An assessment of intrauterine influence
Presenter: Daniel Corsi, PhD, Bell Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

SPRING 2012

Date: Feb 10
Title: The Effect of Fertility on Female Labor Force Participation in Low- to Middle-Income Countries: Uncovering the Heterogeneity Across and Within Countries
(work-in-progress)
Presenter: Jocelyn E. Finlay, PhD, Research Scientist, Director of Research Computing and Data Analysis, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: Feb 17
Title: Declining fertility and economic well-being: do education and health ride to the rescue? (work-in-progress)
Presenter: Klaus Prettner, PhD, PGDA Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: Feb 24
Title: How Do Labor Market Experiences Affect the Marriage Timing of Egyptian Youth?:  A Survival Analysis (work-in-progress)
Presenter: Rania Salem, PhD, Bell Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: Mar 9
Title: Why has the Educational Gradient in Mortality Risk Increased among U.S. Women? (work-in-progress)
Presenter: Jennifer Montez, PhD, RWJF Health and Society Scholar, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: Mar 23
Title: Egypt in Transition: A Discussion
Presenter: Rania Salem, PhD, Bell Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: Mar 30
Title: Social Networks and Homicide Victimization in Chicago (work-in-progress)
Presenter: Andrew Papachristos, PhD, RWJF Health and Society Scholar, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and Assistant Professor in Sociology, UMass Amherst

Date: Apr 13
Title: A social liability of the integration of nations and regions: Theory, and policy responses. (faculty seminar)
Presenter: Oded Stark, PhD
Distinguished Fellow, University of Bonn
University Professor, University of Klagenfurt
Adjunct Professor, University of Tuebingen
Honorary University Professor, University of Vienna
Distinguished Professor, Warsaw University
Distinguished Professor, Warsaw School of Economics
Presidential Professor of Economic Sciences (Poland)

Date: Apr 20
Title: Childhood Health and the Demographic Transition (work-in-progress)
Presenter: Mark McGovern, PhD Candidate, PGDA Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Date: Apr 27
Title: Absolute Permanent Income Index for Households in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (work-in-progress)
Presenter: June Po, MS, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

FALL 2011

Date: September 23
Title: Antiretroviral treatments and internal migration in South Africa
(work-in-progress)
Presenter: Analia Olgiati, PhD, David E. Bell Research Fellow, Harvard Center for Population Studies
Her research interests include the effects of individual’s health status and health systems infrastructure on migration decision making on South-South migration flows, and also the differential access to health care and health-related public welfare by nativity status in the US.

Date: September 30
Title: Gender inequality in time spent in housework (work-in-progress)
Presenter: Emily Shafer, PhD, RWJF Health and Society Scholar, Harvard Center for Population Studies

Date: October 7 – Yom Kippur – no seminar

Date: October 14
Title: What’s in a choice? Health insurance decision making in an aging population: A Medicare Part D study
Presenter: Iris Lin, PhD candidate, New York University (work-in-progress)
Iris Lin is a doctoral candidate at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service where she specializes in health policy. Her dissertation focuses on the Medicare population and how individuals make their prescription drug coverage choices. The study aims to inform policy through better understanding how to disseminate information and identifying groups that may benefit from different kinds of information resources and social support. Iris works at the Manhattan VA hospital on randomized controlled trials of behavioral interventions and is also a TL1 translational research doctoral fellow. Iris holds a BS from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPA from New York University.

Date: October 21
Title: Subjective Survival Probabilities in Aging Surveys: Why They Are Both Useful and Tricky
Presenter: Yuhui Zheng, PhD, David E. Bell Research Fellow and Qiong Wu, PhD, Research Associate, Harvard Center for Populations Studies (research methods seminar)

Date: October 28
Title: Eliminating user fees for the poorest in Rwanda: how much, who pays, and its impact on utilization and catastrophic health spending
Presenter: Chunling Lu, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School (faculty member seminar)

Date: November 4
Title: A biocultural approach to racial disparities in health: the embodiment of psychosocial stress
Presenter: Amy Non, PhD, RWJF Health and Society Scholar, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (work-in-progress)

Date: November 11 – Veterans Day – no seminar

Date: November 18 – no seminar

Date: December 2
Title: Alleviating poverty to reduce the stigma of HIV in rural Uganda An R34 clinical trial planning grant proposal
Presenter: Alex Tsai, MD, PhD, RWJ Health and and Society Scholar, Harvard Center for Population Studies (work-in-progress)

Date: December 9
Title: Long-term effects of WWII on economic and health outcomes across Europe
Presenter: Iris Kesternich, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Taubman Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and assistant professor, University of Munich (work-in-progress)

Date: December 16
Title: Don’t Stress: Behaviour, Early Life Conditions and Hypertension Across Europe
Presenter: Mark McGovern, PhD Candidate, PGDA Post-doctoral Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (work-in-progress)

FALL 2010

Human Life Span
Presenter: Sebastian Vollmer
Date: September 24, 2010

Beliefs and Savings
Presenter: Margaret McConnell
Date: postponed

Backing the Wrong Horse? The Welfare State as Artificer of Immigrant Incorporation
Presenter: Rocio Calvo
Date: October 15, 2010

Correcting HIV Prevalence and Risk Factors Estimates in Sub-Saharan Africa for Selection on Unobserved Factors
Presenter: Till Baernighausen
Date: October 22, 2010

Maternal mortality through a human rights lens: lessons from recent Indian experience
Presenter: Gita Sen
Date: October 29, 2010

Community Distributors and the Integrated Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa
Presenter: Jesse Bump
Date: December 3, 2010

How Reproductive Health Laws Help to Explain the Gap between Contraceptive Use and Fertility Decline: The Curious Case of Ghana
Presenter:Ashley Fox
Date: December 10, 2010

SPRING 2009

Long-Run Effects of Tetatanus and Measles Vaccination in Matlab, Bangladesh
Presenter: David Canning
Date: February 5, 2009

Is Development Multidimensional?
Presenter: Declan French, Michael Moore, David Canning
Date: February 17, 2009

Epidemics and Politics: Framing the ‘plague’ outbreak in India (1994) and the contested boundaries of disease, citizens and the state
Presenter: Kavita Sivaramakrishnan
Date: April 2, 2009

What was your question again? The perils of using observational data to answer questions other than the one you wish to ask
Presenter: Miguel Hernan
Date: April 9, 2009

The Perception of Social Security Incentives for Labor Supply and Retirement: The Median Voter Knows More Than You’d Think (joint with Jeffrey Liebman)
Presenter: Erzo Luttmer
Date: April 16, 2009

The Impact of Malaria on Land Use–Empirical Evidence from Amazon
Presenter: Shufang Zhang
Date: April 23, 2009

Factors Affecting Health and Fertility Among Young Adult Chinese Only-Children
Presenter: Vanessa Fong
Date: April 30, 2009

Out-of-pocket Health Payments, Poverty and Impact of Health Sector Reforms in India
Presenter: Soumitra Ghosh
Date: May 5, 2009

Socioeconomic Inequality in Malnutrition in India, 1992 – 2005
Presenter: Praveen Pathak
Date: May 7, 2009

Fertility over the Life Cycle
Presenter: Michael Moore
Date: May 14, 2009

FALL 2008

Axiomatic Foundations of Cost Effectiveness Analysis
Presenter: David Canning
Date: October 16, 2008

Perceived Risk and Fertility: Natural Disasters and the Fertility Response
Presenter: Jocelyn Finlay
Date: September 25, 2008

The Effect of Children on Early Retirement Behavior in Europe
Presenter: Younghwan Song
Date: September 18, 2008

HIV and Fertility: Long-term Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
Presenters: Günther Fink and Sebastian Linnemayr
Date:
September 11, 2008