How does perceived life expectancy influence colon cancer screening participation?

Harvard Bell Fellow Lindsay Kobayashi, PhD, is lead author on a study that has found those who expect to live another 10-15 years were significantly more likely to participate in colorectal cancer screening than those who expected to live five years or less. The results of the study also suggest that it may be important to communicate the risk of the screening to those with lower life expectancy, as the benefits of early diagnosis are minimal…

Deepening our understanding of how cash transfer programs can lower risk of HIV among adolescents in Africa

Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Molly Rosenberg, PhD, is an author on a paper published in Global Public Health that explores how cash transfer programs may work to delay sexual debut among Kenyan adolescents. The study explores three pathways in particular, including schooling, socio-economic status, and psycho-social status.

Homicide rate reverses life expectancy gains for men in Mexico

Former Harvard Bell Fellow Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, PhD, is author on a study published in the journal HealthAffairs that has found that the unprecedented increase in homicides in Mexico between 2005 – 2010 resulted in reversing life expectancy gains for men, which had been improving for the prior 60 years. The study received much attention in the press, including a piece on and medicaldaily.

Does retirement really lead to worse health? A closer look at women & men in Europe

Although it has been suggested that retirement can be bad for your health, Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Philip Hessel, PhD has taken a look at longitudinal data using an instrumental variables approach and his findings, published in Social Science & Medicine, suggest otherwise. Positive effects of retirement on health were found to exist for low as well as high educated men and women.

In South Africa, child support grants not found to incentivize having more children

Harvard Bell Fellow Molly Rosenberg, PhD, is lead author on a paper published in PLOS One that examines how receiving a social protection grant may influence fertility. Exposure to a child support grant was not found to incentivize pregnancy, however, it could result in longer spacing between pregnancies. Harvard Pop Center faculty members Till Bärnighausen, Kathleen Kahn, and Stephen Tollman are also authors on the paper.

Paper by Bell Fellow Juli Simon Thomas Earns Her Status as Finalist for 2015 Kanter Award

Harvard Bell Fellow Juli Simon Thomas, PhD, is co-author on a paper that is one of five finalists (out of 2,500 articles published in 2014) for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. The paper, “Job Displacement among Single Mothers: Effects on Children’s Outcomes in Young Adulthood,” was published in the American Journal of Sociology. Congratulations to Juli on being a finalist for this international award!

How does disability impact the aging population of Latin America and Caribbean?

About the same as it impacts the older adults of the United States, according to a study published in The Journals of Gerontology by Harvard Bell Fellow Collin Payne, PhD. The findings suggest that despite having been exposed to poor public health conditions for many years, the older adult population of Latin America and the Caribbean, countries experiencing quickly shifting age compositions, have a comparable level of functional health as…