Team Wins Poster Award at Population Association of America Conference

Haram Jeon and Bryan Mann presented their paper (with Julia Mahfouz 9-Bryan-Mannand David P. Baker) titled “Women’s Empowerment, Educational Attainment, and Contraceptive Use in Latin American/Caribbean Countries” at the 2015 Population Association of America (PAA) research conference in San Diego, California.  The team demonstrated that educational attainment has an independent effect on contraceptive use across several countries. The poster won an award ribbon for best poster in their session!

Tobacco Study Funded by Population Research Institute

Penn State’s Population Research Institute (PRI) funded a new experimental study titled, “Education Level and Perceptions of Low Nicotine Cigarette Messaging.”  The study will evaluate prevention responses to reduced nicotine tobacco cigarettes, differentiating by education level and will examine the effects of education on perceptions of these health messages. The team will also consider how smokers and non-smokers with different levels of education respond to health messages related to reduced nicotine products.  The study builds on the research team’s previous research on the Population Education Transition (PET) Curve.  The project will be conducted by co-principal investigators Steven Branstetter, David Baker, Paul Eslinger, Nathan Dieckmann, Ellen Peters, William Smith, and Ismael G. Munoz.

Baker wins Spencer Foundation Grant

Dr. David Baker is co-principal investigator (with Dr. Karly Sarita Ford) on a new research project that was funded by the Spencer Foundation.  The project is titled “The Educational and Cognitive Transformation of Social Opportunity and Inequality” and builds on Baker’s previous work on the changing nature of work, education, and society.  The project will use a series of international datasets to answer the following research questions: What is the impact of cognitive job skills and educational credentials on occupational outcomes for cohorts of young American adults between 1992 and 2012? How do advanced degrees and cognitive skills from schooling influence labor market opportunity and disadvantage for groups that vary by gender, race, immigrant status and parental education? And to put the American case in greater context, what is the relationship between education and cognitive abilities and labor market outcomes in other highly developed national economies?

Report on Immigrant Skills Published by American Institutes for Research

The American Institutes for Research recently published a research paper written by team members William C. Smith and PIAACFrank Fernandez.  The report is titled “Education and Wage Gaps: A Comparative Study of Immigrant and Native Employees in the United States and Canada.”  Findings from the paper were presented at an invitational conference with the theme: “Taking the Next Step with PIAAC: A Research-to-Action Conference.”  Click here to watch a recording of the presentation, or click here to access the PowerPoint slides, research paper in full text, and a one-page summary of the main findings.