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.
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.
- After 19 years, Professor Ron Lee has stepped down from his position as Director of CEDA. Professor Will Dow assumed the role of Director on July 1, 2013. Professor Dow is an economist in the School of Public Health where he heads the Division of Health Policy & Management. His research interests include health, demography, aging, and behavioral economics. Professor Lee will continue to teach economics and demography. We extend our gratitude for his many years of service to CEDA, and we warmly welcome Professor Dow’s new leadership.
- Luis Rosero-Bixby was appointed to the National Academy of Science in the spring of 2013. He is spending the next few years as a visitor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Demography. Rosero-Bixby is a professor in the School of Statistics and in the Health Research Institute at the University of Costa Rica in San José.
- In January 2013, Ulrike M. Malmendier received the honor of a Fisher Black Prize. The award is bestowed upon a finance scholar under 40 whose work best exemplifies the Fischer Black goal of developing original research. The Fisher Black committee was especially impressed with the originality and creativity of Malmendier's papers, which explore the intersection between economics and finance or behavioral corporate finance. Malmendier holds appointments in UC Berkeley's Finance department and in the Haas School of Business.
- New Book on Population Aging: Ronald Lee, Professor of Demography and Director of UC Berkeley's Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging, in collaboration with Andrew Mason, Professor of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa and Senior Fellow, Population and Health Studies, East-West Center, Hawaii, US, has edited a new book entitled Population Aging and the Generational Economy: A Global Perspective.See details on the News page.
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