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Demography: Education, Work, and Inequality

Education drives health disparities across the life course, both directly and indirectly through workforce outcomes. Understanding how schools reduce educational disparities from preschool through early adulthood can lead to better education policies that promote population health. Understanding how inequality evolves in the workplace will improve labor policy. Economic and labor force inequalities have grown rapidly in recent decades and will have profound consequences for health and health disparities in future generations. Advances in measurement of educational and labor force processes yield key insights into policy interventions.

PRC faculty are producing cutting-edge work on how access to and experiences with the educational system and workforce influence health and well-being across the life course. Emerging research on new forms of workplace inequality and their implications for fertility, gender equality, and population well-being are also being explored. They are using novel data collections and developing new theoretical frameworks and measures to examine inequality in education, economic well-being, and health.

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