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"Drawing together leading scholars from diverse disciplines to support, produce, and promote population-related research of the highest scientific merit."

Kinship in Kenya

Measuring kinship effects on child health

Women at work

Engaging women in the market for mobile money

Sangeetha Madhavan, African American Studies, leads a team of colleagues in an R01 project to study kinship, nuptiality and child health outcomes in urban Kenya. The project goes beyond previous work on environmental factors, socioeconomic status and access to services to investigate how rapid social transformation in marriage, and the role of kin, impacts children’s well-being in these communities. Jessica Goldberg, Economics, is examining questions about engaging women in the market for mobile money in her recent NSF award. In low income communities, women lag behind men in participation in both mobile money and labor markets. Prof. Goldberg's research project will use experimental methods to study how discrimination against women in the mobile money market affects their labor market participation, human capital formation, and other social outcomes.

The Center’s research focuses on four key areas: Gender, Family, and Social Change; Health in Social Context; Social and Economic Inequality; and Migration and Immigrant Processes. Learn more about the types of projects being conducted in these thematic areas by clicking on one of the research profiles above.