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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Population
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Of Interest
Workshop Presentations Now Available
Priorities for Strengthening the Scientific Foundation for Policymaking to Meet the Challenges of Aging in Latin America and the Caribbean

May 28-29, 2015

A committee of international experts planned and conducted a public workshop on the process of rapid aging in the Latin American and Caribbean region (LAC). The workshop included presentations and discussions of the main areas where knowledge is insufficient and new research is required. It considered scientific research emphasizing what is unique about aging in LAC and what is similar to other processes around the world, and reviewed a data collection strategy that recognizes the uniqueness of the LAC aging process while being responsive to the needs of the research community for harmonized, highly comparable information.

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Determinants of Recent Trends in Fertility in Sub-Saharan Africa

June 15-16, 2015

This workshop explored the determinants of the slow fertility transition in sub-Saharan Africa.  The workshop included discussions and presentations on the levels, trends, and differentials in fertility; and socio-economic trands and the status of family planning programs and their impact on fertility. 

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Recent Reports

Measuring the Risks and Causes of Premature Death:
Summary of Workshops

Premature Death coverLThis report is the summary of two workshops conducted by The Committee on Population of the National Research Council at the National Academies to address the data sources, science and future research needs to understand the causes of premature mortality in the United States.

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Sociality, Hierarchy, Health:
Comparative Biodemography: Papers from a Workshop

BiodemographyLThis collection of papers examines cross-species comparisons of social environments and their effects on health, longevity, and life histories.  It revisits both the theoretical underpinnings of biodemography and the empirical findings that have emerged over the past two decades.

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New Directions in the Sociology of Aging

Sociology of Aging coverL This new report explores the causes, consequences and implications of demographic, economic and social changes that are vital to the development of sound social policy for an aging population. The report evaluates the recent contributions of social demography, social epidemiology, and sociology to the study of aging and identifies promising new research directions in these subfields.

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