News and Announcements

The Optimal Age of Retirement

What’s the best age at which to retire? This question is certainly a current hot topic. David Canning, who co-directs the Pop Center, and David Bloom, head of the Program on the Global Demography of Aging, have developed a new model for predicting the optimal age of retirement and have published their work in The Scandinavian Journal of Economics. Their model predicts continuing declines in the optimal retirement age, despite rising life expectancy, provided the rate of real wage growth remains as high as in the last century.

Post-Katrina Happiness

Mary Waters, Ph.D., M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Harvard University, and Pop Center Yerby Fellow Mariana Arcaya, ScD, are co-authors on a study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies titled “Happily Ever After? Pre-and-Post Disaster Determinants of Happiness Among Survivors of Hurricane Katrina.”

What is driving the growing geographical inequalities in suicide in Japan?

Pop Center faculty members Ichiro Kawachi, MD, Ph.D., and SV Subramanian , Ph.D., are co-authors on a study that examines this question in a paper titled “Prefecture-level economic conditions and risk of suicide in Japan: a repeated cross-sectional analysis 1975–2010″ which has been published in the European Journal of Public Health.

Low birth weight not associated with poor health outcomes among young adults in Brazil

Although a growing literature suggests that low birth weight increases the risk of poor health outcomes in adulthood, a new study co-authored by Pop Center faculty members SV Subramanian and Gunther Fink has found evidence to the contrary. Their findings, published in PLoS One, reveal that low birth weight did not result in poor health outcomes among young adults in Brazil. The researchers hope to expand upon on these findings by conducting further studies using larger samples and longer follow-ups.

RWJF Scholar Christina Roberto co-authors study on impact of ‘food addiction’ on food policy

Pop Center RWJF Health & Society Scholar Christina Roberto, PhD, has co-authored a recently published paper titled “The Impact of ‘Food Addiction’ on Food Policy” that examines how lessons learned from alcohol and tobacco addiction could inform protective policies relating to unhealthy food.

Thurston’s findings stress importance of targeting economically disadvantaged women in fight against heart disease

Rebecca Thurston, former RWJF scholar at the Pop Center, has co-authored a study recently published in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, on the link between consistently low socioeconomic status in midlife and heart disease later in life.

Gillman co-authors study revealing young adults to be less aware of having hypertension

HSPH and Pop Center faculty member Mathew Gillman, M.D., co-authors study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine that finds young adults to be less aware that they suffer from hypertension, and therefore, less likely to receive treatment.

Glymour co-authors paper on role of early-life educational quality & literacy in racial disparities in cognition in late life

Pop Center faculty member Maria Glymour co-authored a paper titled “The Role of Early-Life Educational Quality and Literacy in Explaining Racial Disparities in Cognition in Late Life” published in the Journals of Gerontology.