Population Mobility: Migration in a Global Economy Projects

CURRENT PROJECTS (listed in alpha-order by PI)

Project Title: Differences in Physiological Status between the Adult Mexican Population Living in the U.S. and Mexico
PI: Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, PhD, Bell Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Funder: RWJF Health & Society Scholars
Summary: This project will examine the physiologic status of the adult Mexican population and rural/urban health differentials in relevant biomarkers by age and sex and subsequently compare these findings to existing NHANES data.

Project Title: The Economics of Immigration: A Reassessment
PI: George Borjas, PhD, Professor of Economics and Social Policy, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government
Funder: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Summary: This study will (re)examine the issues of immigration selection, immigrant performance, and the magnitudes of the economic impact of and benefits from immigration.

Project Title: Causal Effects of Occupational Class and Perceived Discrimination on Health
PI: Dolly John, PhD, Kellogg Research Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars
Summary: This study examines occupational class disparities in health and health services use between midlife and older age and how they may vary by immigrant status and race & ethnicity.

Project Title: Returning home to die, or just returning home? Health determinants of return migration in South Africa
PI: Analia Olgiati, PhD, David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow
Funder: Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Summary: The study’s goal is to identify the causal effect of poor self-assessed health (SAH) on the decision to return home by observing the migrant’s self-rated health status before the return migration took place.

Project Title: Adversity and Resilience after Hurricane Katrina
PI: Mary Waters, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Acting Chair of the Department of Sociology, Harvard
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Summary: The broad aim is to examine how a group of low-income parents from New Orleans—most of whom are single African American women—have coped with the effects of Hurricane Katrina in the decade after the hurricane occurred. Previous work indicates that those who are poor, female, minority, and/or single tend to experience worse outcomes in the wake of disasters. Our focus is on identifying factors associated with vulnerability to and resilience from a disaster within a vulnerable population.