# Daniel A. Powers

### Ph.D., University of Wisconsinâ€“Madison

*Professor*

#### Contact

- E-mail: dpowers@austin.utexas.edu
- Phone: 512-232-6335
- Office: CLA 2.622J
- Campus Mail Code: G1800

### Interests

Demography, Infant Mortality, Fertility, Statistics and Methods

### Biography

I have substantive interests in health disparities, with specific focus on the Hispanic infant mortality paradox and race/ethnic comparisons of change in infant mortality over time. Most of my substantive work is intertwined with my methodological interests in survival modeling, regression decomposition, and other methods. My current research revisits the Hispanic paradox in infant mortality and documents an erosion of the Mexican-origin infant survival advantage with increasing maternal age. I am extending this work to examine racial/ethnic differences in birth outcomes by maternal age as well as a decomposition of race/ethnic/nativity differences in infant mortality for women age 30 and older. In addition to the focus on the Hispanic paradox, my current research investigates race (black-white) differences in the sources of change in infant mortality using an age-period-cohort perspective. This work compares the infant mortality of non-Hispanic blacks and whites over a 20-year period. I consider maternal age, maternal birth cohort, and infant’s year of birth as three interrelated components of temporal change in infant mortality and find that period effects on mortality change outweigh cohort and age effects, but interesting patterns of narrowing racial mortality disparities emerge when examining more recent cohorts. On a methodological level, I elaborate on the nature and origins of the intrinsic estimator, which has gained popularity in recent years. I am also a statistical computing programmer (Stata and R) and have submitted a number of specialized algorithms for demographic analysis to the relevant journals, archives, and repositories. I am affilated with the Population Research Center and with the Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation and was graduate advisor in the MS in Statistics program from 2006-2012.

## Courses

#### SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 45380 • Spring 2017

Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 2.124

#### SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 45330 • Fall 2016

Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CLA 0.118

#### SOC F317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 85890 • Summer 2016

Meets MTWTHF 1:00PM-2:30PM CLA 0.118

#### SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 44475 • Spring 2016

Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM PAR 303

#### SOC 385L • Socl Stat: Lin Mod/Strc Eq Sys

###### 44680 • Spring 2016

Meets MW 3:00PM-4:30PM CLA 3.106

#### SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 44565 • Fall 2015

Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CLA 0.124

#### SOC 385K • Socl Stat: Dis Multivar Models

###### 44725 • Fall 2015

Meets MW 3:30PM-5:00PM CLA 2.606

(also listed as SDS 385)

#### SOC F317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 86755 • Summer 2015

Meets MTWTHF 1:00PM-2:30PM CLA 0.118

#### SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 44935 • Spring 2015

Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM CLA 0.118

#### SOC 386L • Soc Stat: Dyn Mod/Long Data An

###### 45130 • Spring 2015

Meets MW 4:30PM-6:00PM CLA 2.606

(also listed as SDS 385)

#### SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 46130 • Fall 2014

Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM PAR 105

#### SOC 385K • Socl Stat: Dis Multivar Models

###### 46355 • Fall 2014

Meets MW 3:30PM-5:00PM RLM 5.118

(also listed as SDS 385)

#### SOC F317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 87825 • Summer 2014

Meets MTWTHF 1:00PM-2:30PM CLA 0.118

#### SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 46340 • Spring 2014

Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM CLA 1.102

#### SOC 386L • Soc Stat: Dyn Mod/Long Data An

###### 46560 • Spring 2014

Meets MW 12:30PM-2:00PM PAR 203

(also listed as SSC 385)

#### SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 46110 • Fall 2013

Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CLA 1.106

#### SOC 385K • Socl Stat: Dis Multivar Models

###### 46320 • Fall 2013

Meets MW 3:30PM-5:00PM CLA 0.124

(also listed as SSC 385)

#### SOC F317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 88140 • Summer 2013

Meets MTWTHF 1:00PM-2:30PM BUR 228

#### SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 45685 • Spring 2013

Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM CLA 0.104

#### SOC 386L • Soc Stat: Dyn Mod/Long Data An

###### 45915 • Spring 2013

Meets MW 12:30PM-2:00PM CLA 1.302D

(also listed as SSC 385)

#### SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 45480 • Fall 2012

Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BUR 220

#### SOC 385K • Socl Stat: Dis Multivar Models

###### 45710 • Fall 2012

Meets MW 4:30PM-6:00PM PAR 105

(also listed as SSC 385)

#### SOC F317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 88470 • Summer 2012

Meets MTWTHF 1:00PM-2:30PM BUR 228

#### SOC 386L • Soc Stat: Dyn Mod/Long Data An

###### 45700 • Spring 2012

Meets MW 12:30PM-2:00PM PAR 203

(also listed as SSC 385)

#### SOC 384L • Socl Stat: Basic Conc And Meth

###### 45515 • Fall 2011

Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM PAR 1

#### SOC 385K • Socl Stat: Dis Multivar Models

###### 45520 • Fall 2011

Meets MW 2:00PM-3:30PM PAR 208

(also listed as SSC 385)

#### SOC S317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 88685 • Summer 2011

Meets MTWTHF 1:00PM-2:30PM GEA 127

#### SOC 385L • Socl Stat: Lin Mod/Strc Eq Sys

###### 46250 • Spring 2011

Meets MW 3:00PM-4:30PM BUR 136

(also listed as SSC 385)

#### SOC 386L • Soc Stat: Dyn Mod/Long Data An

###### 46255 • Spring 2011

Meets MW 12:30PM-2:00PM PAR 203

(also listed as SSC 385)

#### SOC 329 • Social Stratification

###### 45560 • Fall 2010

Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM BUR 216

#### SOC 385K • Socl Stat: Dis Multivar Models

###### 45690 • Fall 2010

Meets MW 2:00PM-3:30PM BUR 220

(also listed as SSC 385)

#### SOC 386L • Soc Stat: Dyn Mod/Long Data An

###### 46530 • Spring 2010

Meets MW 3:30PM-5:00PM ETC 2.132

(also listed as SSC 385)

#### SOC 329 • Social Stratification

###### 46560 • Fall 2009

Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BUR 216

#### SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 42525 • Spring 2003

Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BUR 216

#### SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 42280 • Spring 2002

Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM BUR 216

#### SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 42005 • Spring 2001

Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BUR 216

#### SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics

###### 40930 • Spring 2000

Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BUR 216

## Publications

**Powers, Daniel A**. (2012). “Paradox Revisited: A Further Investigation of Racial/Ethnic Differences in Infant Mortality by Maternal Age.” *Demography*, doi:10.1007/s13524-012-0152-6.

**Powers, Daniel A.** (2012) “Multilevel Models for Binary Data.” *New Directions for Institutional Research*, Pp. 57-75. Special Issue, Joe Lott and Jim Antony (Eds.), *Multilevel Models: Techniques and Applications in Institutional Research*.

Masters, Ryan K. Robert A. Hummer and **Daniel A. Powers** (2012). “Educational Differences in U.S. Adult Mortality: A Cohort Perspective.” *American Sociological Review*, 77: 548 - 572.

Masters, Ryan K, **Daniel A. Powers** and Bruce Link (2012). “Obesity and Mortality Risk over the Life Course.” *American Journal of Epidemiology* (forthcoming).

Liu, Hui and **Daniel A. Powers**. (2012). “Bayesian Inference for Zero-Inflated Poisson Regression Models,” *Journal of Statistics: Advances in Theory and Applications* (forthcoming).

**Powers, Daniel A**., Hirotoshi Yoshioka, and Myeong-Su Yun. (2011). “mvdcmp: Multivariate Decomposition for Nonlinear Response Models.” *The Stata **Journal*,11: 556-576.

**Powers, Daniel A**. (2010). “Assessing Group Differences in Estimated Baseline Survivor Functions from Cox Proportional Hazards Models,” *Sociological Methods and Research*, 39: 157-187.

**Powers, Daniel A**. and Myeong-Su Yun (2009). “Multivariate Decomposition for Hazard Rate Models.” *Sociological Methodology*, 39: 233-263.

**Powers, Daniel A**. and Seung-eun Song (2009). “Absolute Change in Cause Specific Infant Mortality in the U.S.: 1983-2002,” *Population Research and Policy Review*, 28: 817-851.

**Powers, Daniel A**. and Yu Xie (2008) *Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis*, 2nd Edition. London: Emerald URL: https://webspace.utexas.edu/dpowers/www/