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The Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging is located at the Demography Department of the University of California, Berkeley. The activities of the Center are supported by NIA grant P30 AG012839 and by the University of California at Berkeley.

Overview

Signature Themes: At the central core of CEDA is a group of outstanding formal and mathematical and statistical demographers who apply their skills to a variety of research areas, including biodemography, demographic modeling and forecasting, and intergenerational transfers including fiscal accounting. This central core is enriched by other themes, notably psychological and behavioral economics with applications to economic and health-related behaviors.

Signature Programs: There are four major programs supported that help define CEDA: First, the Human Mortality Database headed by Wilmoth (R01) and in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, has developed a high quality data base for mortality, life tables and other demographic measures for 37 nations.  It is the gold standard for mortality data and is very heavily used by researchers around the world. Wilmoth is exploring various extensions of the approach including to US state-level data, and to demographic surveillance data in Africa. Second, a program on the Biodemography of Longevity, which is a highly interdisciplinary project bringing together researchers from demography, biology, economics, statistics, anthropology and entomology. This was previously funded by two consecutive P01 awards from NIA, and is now continuing with individual grants and with CEDA support. Third, National Transfer Accounts or NTA, a large interdisciplinary international project. This is supported by a NIA grant to Lee (R37), and by other grants to collaborator and CEDA member Andy Mason and to other research team members. NTA was originally funded by NIA to develop transfer accounts for seven countries. The number of countries participating has now expanded to 37 and additional countries are expected to join. Major funders besides NIA include the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada; UNFPA; and the European Union. There are dense international collaborations among individuals and centers. The project published an important first book last Fall. Fourth, Behavioral Economics and Behavioral Change, two closely related initiatives supported by CEDA.

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Ron Lee's book Population Aging and the Generational Economy: A Global Perspective