Population Studies & Training Center

PSTC: 50 Years

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] In recognition of its 50th anniversary, the PSTC is celebrating with the release of a video that reflects on the rich and productive history of the Center. A new booklet highlights the ongoing integrative and interdisciplinary scholarship conducted by PSTC affiliates. And a reception brought together many current and former PSTC affiliates, including the Center's founder, Sidney Goldstein, for a celebratory evening at the top of the Prudential Tower in Boston during the PAA annual meeting in May.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - Many parts of Africa continue to operate according to ethnic-specific traits in regard to development, says a new study co-authored by PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Economics Stelios Michalopoulous. Despite colonization and later independence, many countries struggle with a weak central state while the authority still wielded by local tribal leaders contributes to a “dual” economic and institutional environment in Africa. The study, “On the Ethnic Origins of African Development: Traditional Chiefs and Pre-colonial Political Centralization,” was published by the Academy of Management Perspectives. 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - Sometimes a research project just needs a little extra encouragement, whether in the form of time, resources, mentoring, or collaborative support. The PSTC’s visiting African scholar program provides all of that for Africans who are working on population issues.

Mulusew Gerbaba spent two months at the PSTC this winter. He received strong and enthusiastic support from PSTC Associate and Professor of Sociology David Lindstrom Read more...

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - As economists evaluate the various impacts of this year’s harsh New England winter, one thing some are contemplating is migration. PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Population Studies Elizabeth Fussell weighed in on the discussion in The Boston Globe’sWill Boston’s crazy snowfalls make people leave?Read more...