Population Research Center

The Population Research Center at NORC and the University of Chicago, now in its 28th year, is an interdisciplinary research center designed to facilitate high-quality population research conducted by its researchers.

Growth within the Population Research Center has come from researchers in economics, psychology, business, public policy, medicine, and social services administration. This diversification in part reflects a broadening in all population centers and reflects a consistent trend at Chicago. The PRC has always worked at the margins of what was considered to be traditional demography, and as a result our center has helped expand the domain of the field. For example, the center has placed less emphasis on the demographic methods featured in other population centers than on statistical methods adopted from the field of labor economics, including event-history analysis, and the center has stressed the importance of understanding selection bias and censoring.