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: Sloan Fellowship on Aging and Work
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: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Summary: This interdisciplinary postdoctoral training program addresses the challenges of aging societies and labor force participation. Sloan Fellows and associated Harvard faculty address issues related to work and retirement by identifying (1) the current challenges of working longer, and (2) potential solutions to the ways in which the United States’ public and private sectors will need to adapt employment policies and practices to optimize both the economic well-being and the health of the population.

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: 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.

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 .