Center Description

John Bound, Director; Vicki Freedman, Co-Director

The Michigan P30 Center on the Demography of Aging is a joint program of the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Funding is provided by the Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) Program of the U.S. National Institute on Aging (P30 AG012846). The goal is to spur new research on the economics and demography of aging and encourage use of major datasets in the field.

The Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging promotes new research on the demography and economics of aging across four signature themes: chronic disease and disability; life course determinants of late-life health and well-being; aging, genetics, and social science; and economics of savings and retirement. The Center also promotes the wide use of Michigan's key aging-related data collections, notably the Health and Retirement Study and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. In addition, the Center fosters national and international collaboration through coordination of several research networks, funds pilot projects, distributes research findings by affiliates, and supports a secure statistical enclave for access to restricted aging-related data. The Center provides coordinating support to all NIA Centers and collaborates with the Population Reference Bureau to widely disseminate all Centers' research findings.

The Center is organized by cores:

Administration (Core A) provides administrative and research support built around the Director, Co-Director, Advisory Committee, administrative support staff, computing, data services and website administration.

Program Development (Core B) supports new program development, including pilot projects and support for faculty development through both recruitment and the expansion of aging activity among junior and senior faculty.

External Networks (Core C) operates 5 research networks with members around the world. The overarching goal of the networks is to foster national and international collaboration on research in aging. Four of the networks have an international focus.

External Research Resources Support and Dissemination (Core D) supports outreach and dissemination including editorial & publication dissemination services, as well as supporting seminars and workshops.

Statistical Data Enclave (Core E) supports the goal of improving access to researchers to confidential and sensitive data and ensuring the confidentiality of survey respondents. Activities include maintaining and expanding a secure data enclave and providing outreach to other centers in establishing data enclaves.

The National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health supports research centers on the demography and economics of aging based at the University of California at Berkeley; Duke University; Harvard University; the University of Michigan; the National Bureau of Economic Research; the University of Pennsylvania; the RAND Corporation; Stanford University; the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles; the University of Washington; and the University of Wisconsin. For further information about the Centers, visit the all-centers website at www.agingcenters.org.