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PAA is led by members who volunteer their time and expertise to guide the organization and meet the needs of our field. Let's take advantage of the diverse perspectives and expertise of our membership by nominating yourself or a colleague for a PAA leadership position. PAA Secretary-Treasurer Search is Open Michelle Frisco, our current Secretary-Treasurer, will end her term on June 30, 2024. PAA is seeking candidates to assume the office for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2024. A Secretary-Treasurer needs a good head for numbers, good organizational skills, and, most important, a willingness to serve as an officer of the PAA. The Secretary-Treasurer ...
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Moving within Border: Addressing the Potentials and Risks of Mass Migrations in Developing Countries This book highlights the attention that policymakers, activists, and the public should pay to internal migration. Although prominent research has analyzed particular types of internal migration, especially urbanization and internally displaced persons (IDPs), the narrow scope of existing studies cannot capture the overlaps of motivation and circumstances that pose serious policy dilemmas. The book is distinctive in examining the full range of modes and motives of internal migration: state-sponsored or unsponsored, coerced or voluntary, land-seeking or ...

John Edwin Knodel (1940-2024)

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One of the Population Association of America’s (PAA) most steadfast supporters, one of demography’s most productive scholars, and one of his generation’s most generous mentors, Professor John E. Knodel, died on January 10, 2024, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from aspiration pneumonia and congestive heart failure. He was 83 years old. John was born on July 25, 1940, in Mt. Vernon, New York, to Henry and Edna Knodel. John had one sibling, Richie, who died in 2005. John’s first marriage, to Erica Wesseling, ended in divorce in 1984. John was married to his second wife, Chanpen Saengtienchai, from 1992 until his death. John had no children. When ...
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Yemi Adewoyin, University of Nigeria, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa Published by Springer Through its direct and indirect impacts on labour productivity, population health and wellbeing matter for the social and economic development of households and national economies. Yet, health is not uniform in space. And so is development. Comparatively on many health and development indicators, Africa fairs poorly. The variation in health may present as differences in the occurrence and spread of diseases, the distribution of and access to healthcare facilities, and/or in health outcomes among the population. Reasons for these ...
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Socio-Demographic Perspectives on the Covid-19 Pandemic , ed. David A Swanson and Richard R. Verdugo (Information Age Publishing, 2023) This exciting new volume undertakes socio-demographic analyses of four major topics surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic: Data Issues; Statistical Modeling; Analyses; and Policy Concerns. Regarding Data Issues, three chapters cover topics about obtaining reliable information; the production of summary statistics and using the geometric mean; and the importance of using a demographic framework in better understanding the COVID-19 pandemic. Statistical modeling is a second topic, and is covered by three chapters. The ...

2023 PAA Election Results

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Congratulations to the new PAA officers and board and committee members. Thank you to the members who voted in this election, and a huge thank you to all candidates who were willing to participate. All terms begin January 1, 2024, except for the Nominations Committee (terms begin immediately). President-elect Irma Elo, University of Pennsylvania Vice President-elect Kyle Crowder, University of Washington Board of Directors Magali Barbieri, University of California at Berkeley Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, University of California, Los Angeles Juanita Chinn, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health ...

PAA 2024 Call for Papers

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We welcome your submissions for the PAA 2024 Annual Meeting and look forward to a full and rigorous scientific conference next spring in Columbus, Ohio! PAA currently has no plans for a hybrid conference and sessions will be in-person in Columbus. The Call for Papers is now available. The submissions website will open on August 21. Please note a few important items: All accepted presenters will be required to register for the conference by February 5, 2024. Unfortunately, PAA cannot accommodate schedule requests; if your paper or poster is accepted, it could be scheduled any time between Thursday, April 17 and Saturday, April 20. Please note ...
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With generous support from the W.T. Grant Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, two groups of current/recent undergraduates participated in the PAA 2023 Annual Meeting! Coordinated by PAA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee (chaired by Tyson Brown, Duke University) and Executive Director Danielle Staudt, the Undergraduate Pipeline Program brought undergraduates from around the southwest region and beyond for a pre-meeting workshop that included an introduction to the field of demography and careers in population research, as well as information about applying to and succeeding in graduate school. The students met with PAA leadership ...

2023 Nominees for PAA Offices

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The Nominating Committee is pleased to put forward the following slate for the 2023 PAA Election. The Nominating Committee is comprised of Pamela Herd (Georgetown University), Hedwig Lee (Washinton University Saint-Louis) and Jenny Trinitapoli (University of Chicago). President Irma Elo, University of Pennsylvania James Raymo, Princeton University Vice President Kyle Crowder, University of Washington Jeremy Freese, Stanford University Board Michael Bader, Johns Hopkins University Magali Barbieri, University of California at Berkeley Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, University of California, Los Angeles Tim Bruckner, University of California, ...
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by Prabhakara Narasandra (Publish America, 2021). California has been the most populous state in the United States since the 1970 census, when the population of California exceeded that of New York. During the past decade, Latinos and Asians accounted for virtually all of California’s population growth. During the past two decades, the majority of population growth in California has come from natural increase rather than migration, even though fertility rates in the state have been at or near the replacement level of 2.1 children per woman for the past ten years. This overall stability in the total fertility rate hides an increase in birth rates for women ...
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PAA member (and frequent PAA Affairs contributor) David Swanson was recently elected as a fellow of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences . This illustrious position recognizes his tremendous professional achievements and services and is awarded for life. Congratulations to Dr. Swanson! #announcements #call-for-applications
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Race in the Machine: A Novel Account by Quincy Thomas Stewart (Stanford University Press 2023). In a narrative full of social significance and poetically decorated with monks, vampires, and mythical statistics, Race in the Machine presents a world where the stories we use to explain race all simultaneously exist, within and around us, dictating our interactions and innermost beliefs. The nameless protagonist, an enigmatic social mechanic at Nearbay Institute, living in a population of socially connected intelligent machines, encounters a simple query in the context of an introductory lecture: "What exactly is race? And what is it in the context of ...
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In just 3 weeks, colleagues and applied demographers will meet in Annapolis, Maryland, for the first in-person PAA Applied Demography Conference! Program co-chairs Mike Cline, North Carolina Office of State Budget & Management, and Muntasir Masum, Pennsylvania State University, are excited to provide applied demographers with a unique opportunity to participate in a conference built to showcase their work, strengthen their personal network, and bring the applied demography community together. With keynote addresses from Robert L. Santos, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Sallie Ann Keller, Ph.D., Associate Director and Chief Scientist Research and Methodology ...
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This book is a broad collection of short and concise chapters addressing important issues relating to population levels, trends, and differentials authored by Joseph Chamie. In addition to traditional population concerns, such as growth, composition, fertility, mortality, and migration, the articles address a broad range of related issues, including climate change, environmental degradation, socio-economic development, and policy development. The articles are not only aimed at conveying population information, but also providing important messages for informed policy formulation and program implementation. The essays, which originally appeared on various websites ...
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Thank you to all of the volunteers who finished their term in 2022. A special thank you goes out to Robert A. Hummer, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, who exited the Board as the immediate Past President. Thank you to these members who finished their term on the Board of Directors as well as in other volunteer committee roles: Jennifer Van Hook (Vice President), Pennsylvania State University; Deborah Carr, Boston University; Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, University of California, Berkeley; Hedwig Lee, Washington University in St. Louis; Giovanna Merli, Duke University. Clifford C. Clogg Award Committee Chair Susan Brown, Bowling Green State ...
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by N.R. Prabhakara. India has five million working children between the ages of 5 and 14, which is more than two percent of all children in this group. Despite legal prohibitions, several socio-economic situations ranging from poverty, high fertility, and a non-responsive education system to poor access to financial services adversely affect a section of children and keep them working. Child labor is considered by most of the work as a ‘necessary evil’ and an economic asset for parents of poor families. Employment of children has been a problem since the early days of industrialization. The purpose of this study is to describe the correlation between migration ...
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Many PAA members will have heard by now that our very own Steve Ruggles is a 2022 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, commonly known as the “Genius Award.” All of us at PAA wish to congratulate Steve for this hugely impressive and important honor. Read below for details. Description of Steve’s work from the MacArthur Foundation (follow the link for more information and a video): Steven Ruggles is a historical demographer building the most extensive database of population statistics in the world. The challenges Ruggles encountered in his research on changing family structures led him to create the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series ...
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Fertility Transitions in the Developing World by John Bongaarts and Dennis Hodgson (Springer, 2022). This open access book provides an overview and analysis of the causes and consequences of the massive and highly consequential transition in reproductive behavior that occurred in Asia, Latin America, and Africa since the mid-20th century. In the 1950s contraceptive use was rare in these regions, and women typically spend most of their reproductive years bearing and rearing children. By 2020 fertility and contraceptive use in Asia and Latin America had reached levels commonly observed in the developed world. Africa’s fertility is still high, but transitions ...

2022 PAA Election Results

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Congratulations to the new PAA officers and board and committee members. Thank you to the 53% of members who voted in this election, and a tremendous thank you to all candidates who were willing to participate. All terms begin January 1, 2023, except for the Nominations Committee (terms begin immediately). President-elect Jennifer Glass, University of Texas at Austin Vice President-elect Susan L. Brown, Bowling Green State University Board of Directors Jennie Brand, University of California, Los Angeles Karen Benjamin Guzzo, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Sarah Hayford, The Ohio State University ...

Thomas K. Burch (1934 - 2022)

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Thomas Kirby Burch, December 15, 1934 - July 26, 2022 Thomas Burch was born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 15, 1934. He was one of three sons born to his parents, Thaddeus and Frances Burch. All three sons attended Catholic schools in Baltimore and pursued a graduate education. Tom’s oldest brother Francis Burch completed his Ph.D. in comparative literature at the Sorbonne in Paris and taught literature at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Tom’s other brother Thaddeus Burch completed his Ph.D. in physics at Fordham University and was professor in the Department of Physics at Marquette University. Both of Tom’s brothers pursued Catholic religious ...