Research Themes

This theme encompasses macro and micro analyses, and descriptive and causal analyses. Several ongoing research studies fall under this theme: The Human Mortality Database, and the Costa Rican Longevity and Healthy Aging Study (CRELES).  Others are pilot projects of shorter duration.  

Genetic and epigenetic effects on biodemography, evolutionary theory, and biodemographic mechanisms underlying decision-making; biological experiments; genomic analysis; data building.  

This theme encompasses theory and empirical analysis at the intersection of psychology and economics, the Behavioral Change Research Network, and experimental economics innovations.  Berkeley is a leading center of this work, with aging-focused research such as on understanding financial decision-making among the elderly, and behavioral economics interventions to improve health behaviors.

This theme finds expression through ongoing work on generational accounting, life cycle planning, demographic transition, and demographic dividends; stochastic Social Security projections, Federal/State/Local budget projections, microsimulation projections, macro-stochastic simulation to assess new pension structures, and mortality forecasting.