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Minnesota Population Center announces annual IPUMS Research Awards

The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is excited to announce the winners of its annual IPUMS Research Awards. The awards honor the best of 2014’s published research and self-nominated graduate student papers that used MPC data to advance or deepen our understanding of social and demographic processes.

The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS), developed by and housed at the MPC, is the world's largest individual-level population database, providing harmonized data on people in the U.S. and around the world to researchers at not cost. IPUMS-USA provides data from the U.S. decennial censuses, the American Community Survey, and the Current Population Survey from 1850 to the present. IPUMS-International (IPUMS-I) harmonizes data contributed by more than 100 national statistical office partners; it currently includes information on 500 million people in more than 200 censuses from around the world, from 1960 forward. The Integrated Health Interview Series (IHIS) makes available the U.S. National Health Interview Survey, from the 1960s to the present.Over 1,200 publications based on MPC data appeared in journals, magazines, and newspapers worldwide last year. From these publications and from self-nominated graduate student papers, the award committees selected the 2014 honorees.

2014 IPUMS-International Research Award
The selection committee for this award felt that both winning papers effectively used cross-country and cross-temporal comparisons to highlight structural inequality. These papers extend existing theory by both improving measurement techniques and applying them to new international contexts. Both papers also carry out purposeful research designed to inform public policy.
The Double Disadvantage Reconsidered:  Gender, Immigration, Marital Status, and Global Labor Force Participation in the 21st Century
Katharine M. Donato, Bhumika Piya, and Anna Jacobs
Graduate Student:
New Patterns of Structural Change and Effects on Inclusive Development:  A Case Study of South Africa and Brazil
Joshua Greenstein

2014 IHIS Research Award
All three of this year's winners used IHIS data to address vital research topics at the intersection of health and demographic shifts in the U.S. population like aging, youth uninsurance, and the Hispanic health paradox.

Hispanic Older Adult Mortality in the United States: New Estimates and an Assessment of Factors Shaping the Hispanic Paradox
Joseph T. Lariscy, Robert A. Hummer, and Mark D. Hayward
Graduate Student Co-winners:
Quality of Life and Psychological Distress among Older Adults: The Role of Living Arrangements
Carrie E. Henning-Smith
Labor Market and Health Insurance Impacts Due to ‘Aging Out’ of the Young Adult Provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Heather Dahlen

2014 IPUMS-USA Research Award
We chose three creative and persuasive papers that made excellent use of IPUMS data to study historical and current topics relating to fertility and education. 
Fertility Transitions Along the Extensive and Intensive Margins
Daniel Aaronson, Fabian Lange, and Bhashkar Mazumder
Graduate Student Co-winners:
Dollars and Dropouts: The Minimum Wage and Schooling Decisions of Teenagers
Alex Smith
Long-Term Effects of Women’s Suffrage on Children’s Education
Esra Kose, Elira Kuka and Na’ama Shenhav

About the Minnesota Population Center
The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is a University-wide interdisciplinary cooperative for demographic research. The MPC serves nearly 100 faculty affiliates spread over 26 departments in nine colleges at the University of Minnesota. As one of the world’s leading developers and disseminators of demographic data, the MPC also serves a broader audience of some 50,000 demographic researchers, policymakers, teachers, and students worldwide.

All MPC data are available at no cost via our website popdata.org. For more information about the center, visit pop.umn.edu.

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