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Dan Meyer to Receive Social Policy Award

CDE Affiliate Dan Meyer has been named recipient of the 2017 Social Policy Award by the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). This award goes to social work faculty members who have conducted significant policy research. Congratulations Dan! | Read more...

School Funding and Educational Improvement Research by Claudia Persico

CDE Affiliate Claudia Persico examined the relationship between spending by schools and long term student outcomes in a recent paper published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, that was recently featured in an article in the New York Times. | Read more...

Research on Migration and Health Just Published

A paper by recent CDE alumni Christina Diaz and current CDE student Stephanie Koning is in the current issue of Demography | Read more...

Tim Smeeding inducted into the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Congratulations to CDE affiliate Tim Smeeding for being inducted into the American Academy of Political and Social Science, named as its John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow for 2017. | Read more...

New Research by John DeLamater

"Lies, Damned Lies, and Survey Self-Reports? Identity as a Cause of Measurement Bias." was recently published in Social Psychology | Read more...

Two Studies by CDE Affiliates on Retirement Savings Featured in "Forbes" Blog

"John Karl Scholz and Ananth Seshadri applied the life cycle model to data from the Health and Retirement Study in two studies that are featured in a "Forbes" Blog | Read more...

NIH Grant to Examine Health Disparities goes to CDE Affiliates

Congratulations to Jason Fletcher, Felix Elwert and Stephanie Robert who received a grant from the National Institues of Health to examine the impacts of children's neighborhoods on producing racial disparities in adult health, including obestity, cardiovascular risk, and mental health using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health data. | Read more...

Health Insurance Coverage reached Historic High in 2015

Malia Jones reviewed state and national data for Americans who now have health insurance coverage and summarizes her findings in this Census data brief. | Read more...

CDE Affiliate Malia Jones Featured in Article on Wisconsin Political Landscape

Malia Jones analyzed data that shows how the political geography of Wisconsin has a relationship between partisanship and population density. | Read more...

La Follette School Faculty and CDE Affiliates win Kohl Research Awards

Congratulations to Pam Herd, Tim Smeeding, Emilia Tjernstrom, Yang Wang and Barbara Wolfe on their selection to receive funding to continue their research that will inform public policy and advances evidence-based decision-making. | Read more...

Proposal for Universal Child Allowance by Tim Smeeding and Colleagues in New York Times

Tim Smeeding commented on his research team's proposal of giving every child in the United States $250 a month to solve poverty. The article discusses the current window of time for possible policy change. | Read more...

Tova Walsh Interviewed on Women in the Military

Work and family balance for women in the military is undergoing change. A recent series on family stress on National Public Radio interviewed CDE affiliate Tova Walsh on her research on the topic. | Read more...

Ian Coxhead Interim Director at Wisconsin Energy Institute

Congratulations to CDE affiliate Ian Coxhead who will serve as the Wisconsin Energy Institute's interim director for the next year. Coxhead aims to include more social scientists to participate in research on energy, sustainability and climate change. | Read more...

Introductions to New CDE Affiliates: Rourke O'Brien and Claudia Persico

Two new CDE affiliates Rourke O'Brien and Claudia Persico were both interviewed by UW-Madison's Faculty Focus news column. We are excited to have their expertise a part of our Center's community!|

Data Collection by UW Survey Center Critical to Eviction Research

The UW-Madison Survey Center, directed by CDE affiliate and Professor of Sociology Nora Cate Schaeffer was recently featured in an article that demonstrates how asking questions is not as simple as it might seem. Matthew Desmond, a Harvard sociologist and UW-Madison Sociology Department alumnus (PhD 2010), turned to the UW Survey Center for help to collect data on evictions in the city of Milwaukee. | Read more...

Institute for Research on Poverty wins Award

Congratulations to UW-Madison's Institute for Research on Poverty, awarded a five-year, $9.5 million grant to serve as the National Poverty Research Center! Many Center for Demography and Ecology affiliates are also part of this fellow research center.| Read more...

Disparities in Infant Mortality Rated Discussed by CDE affiliates

CDE affiliates Deborah Ehrenthal and Bill Buckingham are featured in an article on disparities in Wisconsin infant mortality rates. | Read more...

NPR Interview features study by CDE affiliates

Research on family income and children's non-cognitive skills by CDE researchers Barbara Wolfe and Jason Fletcher was recently highlighted in a National Public Radio segment. | Read more...

UW-Madison's Interdisciplinary Research to Policy efforts for Children in Poverty

News article features study of the impact of poverty on child development by CDE affiliate Barbara Wolfe and other campus and community activities to reduce the academic achievment gap. | Read more...

Fullbright US Scholar Grant for Mary McEniry

Mary McEniry, CDE affiliate and honorary fellow, has been awarded a Fulbright US Scholar grant for research in Colombia during the Fall 2016-2017 year. She will be examining socioeconomic disparities in health and their associated risk factors for older Colombian adults.| Read more...

Research on Women's Health by CDE Affiliates

CDE researchers Pam Herd and Jenny Higgins examine the impact of unintended pregnancies for women's mental health in later life in their publication in the American Journal of Public Health. Their work is discussed in the June 9, 2016 Health Affairs Blog. Read more...

New CDE Working Paper

Alberto Palloni and colleagues have new work on income equality, social mobility and mortality in the U.S.| Read more...

Two ASA Awards for Paper by Christine Schwartz

Christine Schwartz received two awards from the American Sociological Association for her paper titled "The Reversal of the Gender Gap in Education and Trends in Marital Dissolution." The Population Section gave Schwartz their "Distinguished Paper Award" and the Family Section gave their "Article of the Year Award".and colleagues have new work on income equality, social mobility and mortality in the U.S.| Read more...

CDE Affiliates awarded UW2020 Project Funding

Two teams with CDE affiliates will receive funding from the UW2020 project, a new initiative designed to jump-start innovative interdisciplinary projects at UW-Madison. Led by co-principal investigators Lawrence Berger and Nora Cate Schaeffer, the project titled "Wisconsin Study of Family Complexity and Public Policy" includes co-investigators Marcy Carlson and Dan Meyer. Corinne Engelman is part of a team investigating Alzheimer's disease, titled "Molecular Atlas of Alzheimer's Disease Stages". Congratulations to all! | Read more...

Jenna Nobles Receives PAA Early Achievement Award

Jenna Nobles received the prestigious Early Achievement Award from the Population Association of America at their national conference held March 31 - April 2, 2016. This award recognizes the career of a promising scholar who has made distinguished contributions to population research during the first ten years after receipt of the Ph.D. Such contributions may be original research published as articles or books, significant newly collected data, or a public policy achievement that broadens the impact of demography. Congratulations Jenna!

CDE Affiliate Jenny Higgins appointed leadership role at Guttmacher Institute

CDE Affiliate Jenny Higgins was recently appointed to the position of Chair elect to the Board of Directors of the Guttmacher Institute, the country's leading think tank for reproductive health research and policy. Jenny has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the past 5 years. She is a faculty member in Gender and Women's Studies and is also a BIRCWH Scholar (Building Interdiscplinary Research Careers in Women's Health) here at UW-Madison. | Read more...

CDE Affiliate Malia Jones interviewed about Poverty Report

CDE Affiliate Malia Jones recently published a report on an increase in poverty in the State of Wisconsin. Comparing the American Community Survey data from 2005-2009 and 2010-2014, she found the number of people living in poverty grew from 11% to 13% statewide. She was interviewed by The Cap Times where she discussed the report and the effects of this increase on education, health and housing in the state. | Read more...

CDE Affiliate Timothy Smeeding named Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) appointed Timothy Smeeding as the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics. The appointment includes $75,000 in research support from WARF over five years. Smeeding studies the causes and consequences of inequalities in income, consumption and wealth - and the effects of social policy on inequality, poverty and mobility across generations - in national and cross-national contexts. Congratulations Tim! | Read more...

Schwartz Interviewed by New York Times about Marriage and Inequality

Christine Schwartz was recently interviewed in an article that explores her research focus, assortative mating. More people are marrying others like themselves, in terms of education and earnings potential, and this is causing changes in American families and society at large. The country is becoming more segregated by class and this effect could become more pronounced in future generations. Link to article

Journal Issue Dedicated to Bob And Tess Hauser

The January 2016 issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science is dedicated to Robert M. Hauser, Vilas Research Professor of Sociology Emeritus, and his late wife, Taissa Hauser, who was a senior scientist in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, to honor their work on a variety of important social issues. The journal issue, titled "Living in a High-Inequality Regime", contains articles mostly written by students or close colleagues of the Hausers. The articles are available onlineand can be downloaded for free here. | Read more...

Nora Cate Schaeffer named 2015 MAPOR Fellow

MAPOR, the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, named Nora Cate Schaeffer as its 2015 Fellow. MAPOR Fellows are members who have made significant contributions to MAPOR through scholarship, service to the organization or other means. MAPOR is a regional chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Read more...

Grodsky (CDE) and Knowles (DPI) Lead Research to Narrow Student Achievement Gaps in Wisconsin

With a new $5.2 million grant, researchers at the state Department of Public Instruction (Jared Knowles, PI) will collaborate with the UW-Madison's Center for Education Research, led by Associate Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies Eric Grodsky. In interviews with the media, Grodsky highlights the unique collaborative nature of this project as featured in the Wisconsin State Journal, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Dissertation Award to Elizabeth Wrigley-Field

The Sociology Department awarded its Lumpkin Award for the best dissertation to Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, written under the supervision of Professor Felix Elwert. Elizabeth is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University. | Link to article

Research by Christine Schwarz in Washington Post

Describing the gender imbalance in the dating market, a recent article in the Washington Post cited Professor Christine Schwartz's research on educational assortative marriage. | Link to article

Student honorees at ASA

Congratulations to CDE grad student Christina Diaz and Soc grad student Jeremy Fiel, who received the ASA Sociology of Population Section Student Paper award at the recent annual meeting, for their paper, "The Effect(s) of Teenage Pregnancy: Reconciling Theory, Methods, and Evidence."

Marcy Carlson blog article on complex families

A blog post on "Child and Family Blog" by Associate Professor Marcy Carlson addresses the impact of complex families on children. Carlson's analysis shows why social programs must adapt to social change. Child and Family Blog is sponsored by the journal The Future of Children (Sara McLanahan, editor-in-chief), the University of Cambridge, and the Jacobs Foundation. | Link to article

Research by CDE's Jenny Higgins and Yu Wang on birth control methods

A new study by Assistant Professor Jenny Higgins and CDE graduate student Yu Wang finds that up to 17 percent of young adults in the U.S. may be using "withdrawal" to prevent pregnancy, although not necessarily relying just on that method. In the sample population of 15-24 year olds, men and women who feared condoms would interfere with pleasure and women who said they would be "pleased" by an unplanned pregnancy were two to four times more likely than others to have used withdrawal. | Link to article

Event: Academic Achievement and the Lives of Children

CDE graduate students presented their work on health, education and racial/ethnic disparities in achievement to policy makers. As part of a graduate seminar titled "Academic Achievement and the Lives of Children: Social Determinants of Educational Inequalities," six CDE students shared their research with experts from across campus and from the state government. | Program | Executive Summaries

Transition from baby boom to baby bust brings policy challenges

In a recent issue of Science magazine University of Wisconsin-Madison economist Timothy M. Smeeding, Distinguished Professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs, former director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, and CDE affiliate, explores the implications of four policy problems brought on by declining fertility and a growing proportion of elders: economic inequality, underinvestment in education, immigration, and gender equity in the workplace. | Link to article

Latin American Mortality Database released

The new Latin American Mortality Database (LAMBdA) includes vital statistics, life tables, and population counts for 1840 through 2014. The database will be used to estimate new models of mortality for countries in the region, to generate country-specific time trends of life expectancy at birth and associated bounds of uncertainty, to estimate models linking early and adult mortality across cohorts, and to compute mortality patterns at older ages.

Research by Schwartz and Han highlights changes in marriage and divorce

A recent article in the American Sociological Review has been receiving considerable media attention. Research by Christine Schwartz and Hongyun Han shows that couples in which the wife has more education are no longer associated with an increased risk of divorce. The research has been featured in USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, University Herald, Newsweek and the New York Times.

Palloni paper is recognized by editors of Demographic Research

The paper "The fragility of the future and the tug of the past: Longevity in Latin America and the Caribbean," by Alberto Palloni and Laeticia Souza, has been selected by the editors of Demographic Research as one of the very best papers in Volume 29 of the journal. The paper will be included in the journal's "Editor's Choice" collection and starred on the journal's web site.

Christine Schwartz on "Marketplace" on assortative mating

Associate Professor Christine Schwartz made an appearance on the public radio program "Marketplace," speaking on the topic of assortative mating. A short article and link to the broadcast story are at the link.

Grad Christina Diaz wins ASA Student Paper Award

The ASA Social Psychology Section Graduate Student Paper Award Committee has selected an article by Christina Diaz as the best paper for 2014. Diaz will be honored for her paper "Social Mobility in the Context of Fathering: The intergenerational link in parenting among co-resident fathers" during the ASA annual meeting in San Francisco.

Three CDE students win best poster awards at the 2014 PAA meeting in Boston

Three CDE graduate students were awarded prizes for best poster at the 2014 PAA annual meeting: Christina Diaz for "How Young Mothers Manage: Is There Evidence for Heterogeneity after Early Birth?", Ellen Dinsmore for "Race, Place, and Immigration Enforcement: Do Local Police Characteristics Matter?" and Laura Blakeslee for "The Influence of Knowledge and Attitudes on Influenza and Pertussis Vaccination among Healthcare Workers in Wisconsin." Congratulations!

Study by grad student Christina Diaz sheds light on the significance of parenting legacies

A study by CDE graduate student Christina Diaz provides insight into parenting skills and styles among fathers. Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Diaz sampled 4,050 fathers to determine if men's perception of the fathering they received influences their own parenting behaviors and perceptions of the job they are doing as a dad.