Nutrition, Cognition and Economic Outcomes in Tanzania.

Website Link: Institution Affiliation:  Harvard University Principal Investigators:  Plamen Nikolov (Harvard), David Cutler (Harvard) Short Project Description (150 words): Large estimated market returns to education in developing countries have stimulated policy interest in improving investments in schooling. Though many factors influence individual schooling decisions, an important and unstudied alternative mechanism influences learning and educational attainment — poor in utero environment biologically constrains cognitive development, learning capacity and therefore subsequent demand for schooling. Using a field experiment, this project examines (1) Continue reading Nutrition, Cognition and Economic Outcomes in Tanzania.

Chitwan Valley Family Study

Website Link: http://perl.psc.isr.umich.edu/chitwanvalleyfamilystudy1.html Institution Affiliation: Population and Ecology Research Laboratory, University of Michigan Principal Investigators: Axinn, William Short Project Description (150 words): The Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) is a comprehensive mixed method panel study of individuals, families, and communities in the Chitwan Valley of Nepal. The study investigates the influence of social contexts on population processes and the relationships between the environment and population processes.

Spatiotemporal Dimensions of Population Change in Northern Orkney Islands, c. 1735-2000

Website Link:  http://www.pop.psu.edu/research/projects/aoc-orkney Institution Affiliation:  The Pennsylvania State University Principal Investigators:  Wood, Jim; Johnson, Patricia; Matthews, Stephen; Murtha, Timothy Short Project Description (150 words): The goal of the study is to analyze these inter-related changes to learn how a sustainable, preindustrial demographic system was dismantled and turned into one at high risk of ultimate extinction.  The project is unusual in focusing on changes in the spatial organization of settlement and production as an integral part of the processes resulting in demographic destabilization.

The Philadelphia Migration Project

Website Link:  http://www.history.upenn.edu/philamigrationproject/ Institution Affiliation:  University of Pennsylvania Principal Investigators:  Katz, Michael Short Project Description (150 words): The Philadelphia Migration Project studies migration to Philadelphia since World War II. Located at the University of Pennsylvania, the project’s participants include faculty and graduate students from History, Sociology, Demography, Urban Studies, City and Regional Planning, Law, and Education. The project’s goals are (1) to provide the public, planners, and policymakers with objective data on immigration to the region and (2) to advance scholarship on Continue reading The Philadelphia Migration Project

Urban Transition Historical GIS Project

Website Link:  http://www.s4.brown.edu/utp/ Institution Affiliation:  Brown University Principal Investigators:  John Logan Short Project Description (150 words): The Urban Transition Historical GIS Project uses historical census data to document the state of U.S. cities from the end of the 19th Century into the early 20th Century.  These were the decades of America’s urban transition, fed by rapid growth of industry and large scale immigration from Eastern and Southern Europe that was directed primarily into cities.

National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS)

Website Link:  https://www.nhgis.org/ Institution Affiliation:  Minnesota Population Center Principal Investigators:  John S. Adams Mark Lindberg Robert McMaster Steven Ruggles Wendy Thomas Short Project Description (150 words): The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2011.

Chitwan Healthy Aging Project

Website: <http://perl.psc.isr.umich.edu/chitwanhealthyagingproject1.html> Institution: University of Michigan Population and Ecology Research Laboratory Description: In fall 1999, Amy Pienta and Jennifer Barber conducted a pilot study which interviewed 103 older adults residing in the Chitwan Valley. This pilot study was undertaken in preparation for a new, large-scale project to collect data on mental and physical health from the elderly residents in the 171 neighborhoods sampled by the Chitwan Valley Family Study. Measures of physical functioning, chronic health conditions, lifestyle behaviors, health care Continue reading Chitwan Healthy Aging Project

Developmental Idealism and Family and Population Dynamics in Nepal

Website Link: http://perl.psc.isr.umich.edu/developmentalidealism1.html Institution: University of Michigan Population and Ecology Research Laboratory Description: This is a pilot project including both training and research, led by Arland Thornton. The research component of this project is a collaborative endeavor that will create and test research instruments for measuring developmental idealism, a concept developed by Thornton in his 2001 Population Association of America Presidential address. The pilot project will collect data from approximately 500 respondents, and will evaluate the effectiveness and usefulness of Continue reading Developmental Idealism and Family and Population Dynamics in Nepal