Research and Funding

Division of Behavioral and Social Research

Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging

The NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research currently support eleven Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging, funded in September 2014 from RFA-AG-14-005. Centers support the infrastructure and pilot data necessary for larger research projects; the development of national and international networks of researchers; and the development of methods for the analysis of state-of-the art, often-longitudinal, social science data that contains complex, deeply-described phenotypes. The reach of these Centers is global, with almost all involved in international projects, helping to develop the fields of demography and economics of aging in many countries. The eleven currently-funded Centers focus on the following topics:

  • Chronic disease and disability
  • Aging, genetics, and social science
  • The role of social, economic, and behavioral determinants of health outcomes over the lifespan, and the interplay of socioeconomic and biological pathways
  • Transmission of health and longevity across generations
  • Health, work, and retirement
  • Health and financial well-being
  • The economics of health care provision for the elderly, including health care costs and productivity
  • Demographic and fiscal consequences of global aging
  • Global aging and patterns of disease, morbidity, and mortality
  • Comparative international research on aging

The currently-funded Demography and Economics of Aging Centers are:

Principal Investigator (PI)
Bhattacharya, Jay
Stanford University
Bloom, David E.
Harvard School of Public Health
Bound, John
University of Michigan
Crimmins, Eileen M.
University of Southern California
Dow, William H.
University of California, Berkeley
Elo, Irma T.
University of Pennsylvania
Hurd, Michael D.
RAND Corporation
Murray, Christopher J.L.
University of Washington
O'Rand, Angela M.
Duke University
Palloni, Alberto B.
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Wise, David A.
National Bureau of Economic Research

More information is available at the Centers’ website at . From this site, you may also access the websites of the individual Centers.

NIA Staff Contact:

Georgeanne E. Patmios
Division of Behavioral and Social Research
National Institute on Aging
National Institutes of Health
7201 Wisconsin Avenue, #533
Bethesda, MD 20892-9205
Phone: (301) 402-4156
Fax: (301) 402-0051