Aging Societies

CURRENT PROJECTS (listed in alpha-order by PI)

Project Title: Health and Aging in Africa: Longitudinal Studies of INDEPTH Communities (HAALSI)
PI: Lisa Berkman, PhD, Thomas Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Funder: National Institue on Aging
Summary: The goal of this longitudinal research project is to study the drivers and consequences of HIV and non-communicable diseases (including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cognitive impairments) in an aging population in sub-Saharan Africa including South Africa, Tanzania and Ghana.

Project Title: MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society
PI: Lisa Berkman, PhD, Thomas Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Funder: MacArthur Foundation
Summary: The goals of this project are to ascertain the potential individual, social and political institutional threats to stability created by a rapidly aging society in the U.S.

Project Title: Program in the Global Demography of Aging (PGDA)
PI: David Bloom, PhD, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, Harvard School of Public Health, and David Canning, PhD, Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences and Professor of Economics and International Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Summary: Provide support for research on demographic change and aging throughout the world, with a particular focus on developing countries.

Project Title: Falling Behind: The Black-White Wealth Gap in Life Course and Intergenerational Perspective
PI: Alexandra Killewald, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Funder: Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty
Summary: Based on the hypothesis that parental advantage facilitates home purchase (especially that of rapidly appreciating homes), this project seeks to estimate homeownership’s effect on later life wealth. This evaluation will allow researchers to us to better understand how closing the black-white homeownership gap would impact the black-white asset gap; it will also shed light on whether blacks’ lower rates of home appreciation contribute to the asset gap.

Project Title: Discrimination, aging and health: exploratory pilot study to improve implicit measures of exposure
PI: Nancy Krieger, PhD, Professor of Social Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program at Harvard
Summary: The objective of our methodological pilot study is to improve and expand the PI’s work on implicit measures of discrimination and to advance research on whether experiences of adverse discrimination increase risk of chronic disease and accelerated aging.

Project Title: The Social Consequences of Job Loss at Older Ages
PI: Clemens Noelke, PhD, Research Associate, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Funder: Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Summary: This project will seek to quantify the causal short and long-term effects of involuntary job loss at older ages on individuals and their partners using longitudinal data from the U.S. and Europe

Project Title: The Health Effects of Job Loss at Older Ages
PI: Clemens Noelke, PhD, Research Associate, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, and Jason Beckfield, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies, Dept of Sociology, Harvard University
Funder: Program on the Global Demography of Aging, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Summary: The aim of this study is to conduct preliminary analysis of the association between job loss and a variety of health and health-related outcomes using the HRS, SHARE and ELSA data, and then build on this analysis to develop a R01 to look at whether the effects of job loss are moderated through household and country level factors .

Project Title: Investigating Compression of Morbidity and Disability in the Health and Retirement Survey
PI: Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, PhD, , and SV Subramanian, PhD, Professor of Population Health and Geography, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Funder: Program on the Global Demography of Aging
Summary: This project seeks to determine whether compression or expansion of morbidity is occurring in the U.S by defining and creating a quantifiable indicator of morbidity for older ages and by estimating the age at onset of morbidity, disability, and major health risk factors for people aged 50 or older.

Project Title: Welfare Effects of Policies to Balance the Social Security and Medicare Budgets
PI: David Canning, PhD, Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences and Professor of Economics and International Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Funder: National Institute on Aging
Summary: This project aims to estimate how balancing the Federal Social Security and health care budgets impacts income, consumption, health, and economic growth. The project’ will model these effects through the construction and calibration of an integrated computable dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (CGE) model of the United States economy.