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Volume 10 Issue 3 - July 2009

PSID Call for Papers: Research on the Connections between Health and SES Using PSID Data

The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), with support from the National Institute on Aging, announces a call for papers using PSID data to report on research on the connection between health and socioeconomic status (SES) within and across generations. Between 10-20 papers will be presented at a conference to be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in September 2010. Support for travel and lodging will be provided to one author per paper. The goals of the conference are to bring together scholars in the area of health and SES to generate additional scientific and policy-relevant findings, facilitate future collaborations including NIH proposal submissions, and provide feedback to PSID about possible needs for content changes and/or future data collections. Authors will be expected to present papers at the September 2010 conference.

Papers will be considered for publication in a refereed special issue of the B. E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy. More information about the journal can be found at:

Below is a partial list of example paper topics.

• Establish the differences in the relationships between health and socioeconomic status among adult siblings – and between parents and adult children – across the life course, and elucidate the various mechanisms accounting for these relationships;
• Estimate models of transmission in education, economic status, and health status across two and three generations, including an examination of endogenous family structure;
• Examine generational differences in factors affecting the retirement decision, including socioeconomic and health factors;
• Examine the transitions and/or spells in health insurance coverage and their relationship to other transitions;
• Examine the effects of events early in the life course on later-life outcomes;
• Investigate the role of neighborhood factors on health.

Applications will be evaluated by senior scholars affiliated with the PSID and will be evaluated based on: (1) The thematic relevance of the research; (2) The quality of study design, including the choice of appropriate research methodology and data; and (3) The significance of the analyses in terms of extending scientific knowledge.  Applicants should provide the following:
(a) A coversheet with the title of the proposed paper; the authors’ names and institutional affiliation with mailing address, email address, phone and fax numbers; If the research involves more than one investigator, a principal investigator (PI) must be identified. All correspondence will be with the PI; (b) An extended abstract (2-4 pages) which should include a description of the topic, the theoretical focus, and the data and research methods; and (c) Curriculum vitae for all authors.

Timeline and important dates:
a. Application deadline: October 16, 2009
b. Notification of decision: November 20, 2009
c. Draft paper due: Two weeks prior to two-day conference in September 2010
d. Presentation of paper at two-day workshop in Ann Arbor in September 2010

Contact information:
Please send applications and requests for further information to Patty Hall ( For more information on the PSID, please visit the website: