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Speakers who presented at the Demography Workshop in the current and past academic years are listed below.  When available, we have preserved the links to their abstracts and papers.  Click on each academic year to see the presenters and their papers.







2013-2014 Academic Year

Daniel Bennett, University of Chicago Harris School, Assistant Professor of Public Policy: "Learning, Hygiene, and Traditional Medicine"

Rachel Gordon, University of Illinois at Chicago, Professor of Sociology: "Does Preschool Quality Predict Children's Cognitive Growth? Meta-analysis of a Dozen Datasets with Attention to Policy-Relevant Cut Scores"

Scott Allard, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, Associate Professor: "Economic Shocks, Neighborhood Food Infrastructure, and Food Security Among Households with Children"

Rachel Dunifon, Cornell University, Professor of Policy Analysis and Management: "Children's Time with Mothers and Grandparents in Cusstodial Grandparent Households"

Alexandra Murphy, National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, Postdoctoral Fellow: "When the Sidewalks End: Poverty in an American Suburb"

Ariel Kalil, University of Chicago Harris School, Professor of Public Policy: "Inequality at Home: The Role of Parenting in the Diverging Destinies of Rich and Poor Children"

Narayan Sastry, Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Research Professor: "Studying Overall Self-Rated Health Using Vignettes: New Data and Results from L.A.FANS-2"

Felicia LeClere, NORC, Senior Fellow in the Public Health Department, and Stuart Michaels, NORC, Senior Research Scientist: "The Development of a National Data Infrastructure to Monitor the National HIV/AIDS Strategy"

Bernard Dugoni, NORC, Senior Survey Methodologist: "Anonymization and Deductive Disclosure Protection: Confidentiality and the Development of Public Use Data Files"

Quincy Stewart, Northwestern University, Associate Professor of Sociology: "Big Bad Racists, Subtle Prejudice and Minority Victims: An Agent-Based Model of the Dynamics of Racial Inequality"

Jason Grissom, Vanderbilt Peabody College, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education: "Strategic Staffing: How Accountability Pressures Affect the Distribution of Teachers within Schools and Resulting Student Achievement"

Rupa Datta, Center for Excellence in Survey Research at NORC, Vice President and Senior Fellow: "Initial Findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education: Providers of Care to Children Age 5 and Under"

Sarah Mustillo, Purdue University, Associate Professor of Sociology: "Women's Health and Poverty over the Life Course: The Ghost of Generations Past?"

Diane Schanzenbach, Northwestern University, Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy: "Long-Run Impacts of Childhood Access to the Safety Net"

Christine Percheski, Northwestern University, Assistant Professor of Sociology: "Economic Conditions and Pregnancy Rates in the United States During the Great Recession"

Asim Khwaja, Harvard Kennedy School, Professor of Public Policy: "Tax Farming Redux: Experimental Evidence on Incentive Pay for Tax Collectors"

John Casterline, Ohio State University, Professor of Sociology: "The Contours of Contemporary Fertility Declines: A Fresh Assessment"

David Yanagizawa-Drott, Harvard Kennedy School, Assistant Professor of Public Policy: "Does Religion Affect Economic Growth and Happiness? Evidence from Ramadan"

Damon Jones, University of Chicago Harris School, Assistant Professor of Public Policy: "Frictions in Adjusting Earnings: Evidence from the Social Security Annual Earnings Test"

Hans-Peter Kohler, University of Pennsylvania, Professor of Demography: "Mental and Physical Health and Aging in Malawi"

Deirdre Bloome, Harvard University, PhD Candidate in Sociology and Social Policy: "Racial Inequality in Family Income: A Demographic Approach"

Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University, Assistant Professor of Economics: "Micro-Ordeals and Targeting of Health Subsidies"

Abhijit Banerjee, MIT, Professor of Economics: "The Efficient Deployment of Police Resources: Theory and New Evidence from a Randomized Drunk Driving Crackdown in India"

Daniel Bennett, University of Chicago Harris School, Assistant Professor of Public Policy: "The Indirect Impact of Antiretroviral Therapy"

Mushfiq Mobarak, Yale School of Management, Associate Professor of Economics: "Communicating with Farmers Through Social Networks"

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2012-2013 Academic Year

Sandra Black, Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in
Economics and Public Affairs and Professor of Economics, University
of Texas at Austin: "This Is Only a Test?: Long-Run Impacts of Prenatal
Exposure to Radioactive Fallout"

Kjell Salvanes, Norwegian School & Business Administration, Professor Department of Economics: "A Flying Start? Maternity Leave Benefits and Long Run Outcomes of Children"

Cheol-Sung Lee, Assistant Professor Department of Sociology, University of Chicago: "Relational Skill Assets and Anti-Immigrant Sentiments"

Jim Sallee, Assistant Professor Harris School of Public Policy: "New Evidence on Taxes and the Timing of Birth"

Jane Dokko, Economist, Federal Reserve Board of Governors: "Household Formation, Credit, and Trustworthiness"

Damon Jones, Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy: "Higher Education, Merit-Based Scholarships and Post-Baccalaureate Migration"

Amelia Haviland, Associate Professor of Statistics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University: "Skin in the Game: Effects of a New Generation of High-Deductible Health Plans"

Brian Cadena, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Colorado-Boulder: "Immigration, Internal Migration, and Local Labor Market Adjustment During the Great Recession"

Alessandra Voena, Assistant Professor, Economics Department, University of Chicago: "German-Jewish Emigres and U.S. Invention"

Kazuo Yamaguchi, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago: "Causal Analysis with a Latent-Class Variable as the Treatment Variable: An Application to An Analysis of the Effect of IT Equipment Use on Income"

Terrie Vasilopoulos, Post-Doc, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago: "Cognition and Hypertension in Midlife: Evidence for Gene-Environment Interplay"; "Untreated Hypertension Decreases Heritability of Cognition in Late Middle Age"

S. Jay Olshansky, Professor of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago: "Zeno's Paradox of Immortality"

Hui Zheng, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Ohio State University: "Variance Function Regression in Hierarchical Age-Period-Cohort Models: Applications to the Study of Self-Reported Health""Increasing Mortality Dispersion in Developed Countries: Aging, Epidemiologic Transition, or Other Mechanisms?"

Yu-Chieh Hsu, Postdoctoral Fellow, NORC, University of Chicago: "The Effect of Early-Life Education on Later-Life Mortality"

Laura Stark, Assistant Professor, Science in Society & Department of Sociology, Wesleyan University: "IRBs and the Problem of Local Precedents"

Nicole Fortin, Professor of Economics, University of British Columbia: "Leaving Boys Behind: Gender Disparities in High Academic Achievement"

Zoë McLaren, Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health: "The Effect of Access to AIDS Treatment on Employment Outcomes in South Africa"

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2011-2012 Academic Year

Lisa Barrow, Research Fellow at Chapin Hall: "Performance-Based Scholarships: The Impacts on Time Use and Other Outcomes"

Camille Landais, Stanford University Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR): "Taxation and International Migration of Top Earners: Evidence from the Foreigner Tax Scheme in Denmark"

Kenneth Langa, Professor of Internal Medicine, Gerontology, and Health Management and Policy & Jack Iwashyna, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan: "Brains in Bodies: The Impact of Chronic Disease and Acute Illness on Cognitive Decline in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS)": [1] and [2]

Matthew Notowidigdo, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business: "Duration Dependence and Labor Market Conditions: Theory and Evidence from a Field Experiment"

Gopi Shah Goda, Research Scholar, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), Stanford University: "What's My Account Really Worth? The Effect of Lifetime Income Disclosure on Retirement Savings"

James Walker, Professor of Economics & Director, Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison: "SES and Mortality in Longitudinal Data"

Daniel Bennett, Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago: "The AIDS Epidemic and Perceived Mortality Risk: The Impact of ART Provision in Malawi"

Kevin Mumford, Assistant Professor of Economics, Purdue University: "Do Family Wealth Shocks Affect Fertility Choices? Evidence from the Housing Market"

Dan Black, Professor, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies & Senior Fellow, NORC: "Estimating Mortality by State of Birth and Race Using Census and Vital Statistics Data"

Avraham Ebenstein, Department of Economics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: "The Long-Run Impact of Air Pollution on Life Expectancy: Evidence from China's Huai River Policy"

Jane Leber Herr, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Human Potential and Public Policy, University of Chicago: "Measuring the Effect of the Timing of First Birth"

Kendra Bischoff, Spencer Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in Equality of Opportunity and Education, Stanford University Center for Ethics in Society: "Negotiating Disparate Social Context: Evidence from an Interdistrict School Desegregation Program"

Donald Cox, Professor of Economics & Center for Retirement Research Affiliate Researcher, Boston College: "Intergenerational Transfers and the Great Recession"

Michal Engelman, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Center on Aging and Population Research Center Associate, NORC at the University of Chicago: "Frailty in Transition: Vulnerability and Variation in Aging Populations"

Rajeev Dehejia, Associate Professor of Economics, Tufts University: "Do Financial Incentives Affect Fertility?"

Christine Percheski, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Institute for Policy Research Faculty Fellow, Northwestern University: "Family Structure, Women's Employment, and Income Inequality Among American Women"

Marianne Page, Professor of Economics, University of California at Davis: "War and Marriage: Assortative Mating and the World War II G.I. Bill"

Erik Hurst, Professor of Economics & the John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow, University of Chicago Booth School of Business: "Small Business Motivations, Innovation and Growth": [1] and [2]

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2010-2011 Academic Year

Kristin Butcher, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Wellesley College: "The Impact of Classroom 'Mentoring' on Student Performance in Community College Math Classes"

Claudia Olivetti, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Boston University: "In the Name of the Father: Marriage and Intergenerational Mobility in the United States, 1850-1930"

Marsha Mailick Seltzer, Vaughan Bascom and Elizabeth M. Boggs Professor, Director, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison: "Psychosocial and Biological Markers of Stress in Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities."

Kenneth M. Langa, Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine & Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan: "Trends in the Risk for Dementia among Older Adults in the United States"

Lara Perez-Felkner, Post-doctoral Fellow, NORC at the University of Chicago: “What Happens to High-Achieving Females after High School? Gender and Persistence on the Postsecondary STEM Pipeline

Deborah Carr, Professor, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University: “If Nothing is Certain But Death and Taxes, Why Do So Few Americans Prepare for the End of Life?

Kenneth Ferraro, Distinguished Professor of Sociology; Director, Center on Aging and the Life Course, Purdue University: "How Does Early Misfortune Get Under the Skin? Cumulative Adversity and the Mechanisms of Health Inequality"

Sarah Burgard, Assistant Professor, Departments of Sociology and Epidemiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: "The Needs of Others: Gender and Sleep Interruptions for Caregiving"

Janet Currie, Professor of Economics, Columbia University: "Human Capital Development Before Age Five"

Thomas W. McDade, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University: "Toward a New Human Population Biology: The Developmental Origins of Inflammation as Case Study"

Donald J. Bogue, Emeritus Faculty, University of Chicago: "Current Trends in International Migration: What is Driving Them?"

Irene Ng, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore: "Multi-stressed Low-Earning Families in Contemporary Policy Context"

Melinda Sandler Morrill, Research Assistant Professor, North Carolina State, Department of Economics: "Macroeconomic Conditions and Marital Instability"

Kenneth A. Bollen, H.R. Immerwahr Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director, Odum Institute for Research in Social Science: "A General Panel Model with Random and Fixed Effects: A Structural Equations Approach"

Paula England, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University: “Socioeconomic Differences in Birth Control Use and Early, Unintended Births”

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2009-2010 Academic Year

Sigal Alon, Senior Lecturer, Sociology Department, Tel Aviv University: "Creaming and Class-based Affirmative Action: An Oxymoron? Increasing Socioeconomic Diversity at Elite Postsecondary Institutions in the U.S."

Hoyt Bleakley, Associate Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago: "Health, Human Capital, and Development"

David Canning, Professor of Economics and International Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health: "The Impact of Malaria on Settlement and Land Use—Evidence from the Amazon". [Powerpoint available]

Jishnu Das, Senior Economist, the World Bank: "Bad Public Schools are Public Bads: Civic Values and Test Scores in Public and Private Schools"

Joshua Gans, Professor of Management - Information Economics, University of Melbourne Business School: “Unusual Days in Births and Deaths”

Jonathan Guryan, Associate Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business: "Birth Cohort and the Black-White Achievement Gap: The Roles of Access and Health Soon After Birth"

Jung-Hwa Ha, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago: "How Does Widowhood Affect Aging Parents’ Relationships with their Children? A Cross-Cultural Comparison"

Steven Haider, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Michigan State University: "A Deadly Disparity: A Comprehensive Assessment of the Black-White Infant Mortality Gap"

Heather Hill, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago: "Maternal Employment and Child Health in Poor Families"

Erik Hurst, V. Duane Rath Professor of Economics and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago: "Gentrification and Housing Price Dynamics"

Brian Jacob, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy, Professor of Economics, and Director of the Center on Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: "The Impact of No Child Left Behind on Student Achievement"

Rucker Johnson, Assistant Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley: "Long-run Impacts of School Desegregation and School Quality on Adult Health"

Len Lopoo, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University: "Labor and Delivery Outcomes for Teenage Mothers"

Derek Neal, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Chicago: "Pay for Percentile"

Eliza Pavalko, Allen D. and Polly S. Grimshaw Professor and Department Chair, Department of Sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington: "Clocking In: The Organization of Work-Time and Health"

Seth G. Sanders, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University: "Workplace Concentration of Immigrants"

Laura Schechter, Assistant Professor, Agricultural & Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison: "Vote-Buying and Reciprocity"

Samir Soneji, Postdoctoral Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program, University of Pennsylvania, "Race as a Fundamental Cause of Disease: The Case of Colorectal Cancer"

Kevin M. Stolarick, Associate Director and Research Associate, The Martin Prosperity Institute, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. This presentation is hosted jointly with the Cultural Policy Center: "The Arts and Artists – Not Necessarily the Same Thing: New Methodological Approaches towards Understanding the Economic Composition of Arts"

Kazuo Yamaguchi, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, University of Chicago: "A Macrocounterfactual Analysis of Group Differences: An Application to an Analysis of the Gender Wage Gap in Japan"

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