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Population Council Research on Education, Fertility, Gender and Child Marriage to be Presented at the Population Association of America 2016 Annual Meeting

Researchers will present 18 studies on important health and development issues.

WASHINGTON (31 March 2016) — Population Council experts will present findings from 18 studies at the Population Association of America (PAA) 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, 31 March – 2 April  2016. This annual meeting brings together more than 2,000 demographers, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, scholarly publishers, and students for a three-day meeting to share and discuss the latest research on population issues around the world.

Council researchers from six international offices will share findings from new studies, including: how attitudes on gender affect young people’s life decisions, the impact of skills-building approaches on delaying child marriage and empowering girls, the factors affecting fertility rate changes in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the role education plays in adolescents’ transition to adulthood across regions.

The Population Council will also host opportunities to meet the editors of its two peer-reviewed journals, Population and Development Review, a leading scholarly journal addressing the complex issues of population and socioeconomic change, and Studies in Family Planning, an influential journal that is advancing understanding of family planning and sexual and reproductive health practices, programs, and services.

Most notable presentations from Population Council-led or supported research being presented in oral sessions at PAA are included below. A full list of Council presentations can be found here.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

  • Africa's Unique Fertility Transition

Vice president and Distinguished Scholar, John Bongaarts will present new research on the factors that are impacting Sub-Saharan Africa’s fertility decline and why the transition is occurring later and at a slower pace.

1:00 – 2:30 pm, Washington Room 5

  • Gender Attitudes and Young People’s Life Course Decisions and Outcomes: A Dynamic Relationship

Senior Research Manager (Egypt), Rania Roushdy’s study looks at young people’s gender attitudes and behavior in Egypt, based on early life experiences such as forced labor participation, marriage, etc. and their impact on life course decisions.

2:45–4:15 pm, Virginia B


Friday, April 1, 2016                                                                                                      

  • Impact of Adolescent’s Skills Building Programs on Child Marriage in Bangladesh

This study by Johana Ahmed, program manager (Bangladesh), will share results from a randomized controlled trial examining the impact of three different skills-building approaches to empower adolescent girls and delay child marriage in Bangladesh.

8:30 – 10:00 am, Madison A


  • Findings from a Retrospective Case Study on the Effect of Social Accountability Initiatives on FP/RH Programs

Kelsey Wright, staff associate, will share preliminary findings on interventions that are showing the potential of social accountability programs to significantly impact family planning service delivery and uptake in Uganda.

8:30–10:00 am, Maryland B


  • Trends in the Transition to Adulthood: The Role of Education

Using Demographic and Health Survey data from 41 countries, John Bongaarts, vice president and distinguished scholar,  Ann Blanc, vice president and director of the Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth program, and Barbara Mensch, senior associate, will present findings on the trends and differentials in the mean age of three critical life-cycle events for young women: first sex, first marriage and first birth. 

10:15–11:45 am, Madison A


About the Population Council

The Population Council confronts critical health and development issues—from stopping the spread of HIV to improving reproductive health and ensuring that young people lead full and productive lives. Through biomedical, social science, and public health research in 50 countries, we work with our partners to deliver solutions that lead to more effective policies, programs, and technologies that improve lives around the world. Established in 1952 and headquartered in New York, the Council is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization governed by an international board of trustees.


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