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Studies Document Mass Incarceration’s Toll on Families

March 2017: Article New studies add to the growing body of research on the toll U.S. mass incarceration is taking on prisoner’s children and families. Three recent articles in the journal Demography document the spillover effects of the prison boom on family poverty, couples’ relationship stability, and child well-being.

U.S. Elder Care Is in a Fragile State

January 2002: Article With baby boomers approaching retirement age, the financial difficulties of U.S. nursing homes and their inability to find enough working-age women to fill staff vacancies are especially troubling. But the problem is bigger than demographics.

Global Aging and the Demographic Divide

March 2008: Article The world's developing countries are in the midst of demographic transition: a shift from a period of high mortality, short lives, and large families to one with a longer life expectancy and far fewer children.

PRB Discuss Online: A Call to Action: Increasing Global Investments in Youth

September 2010: Article During a PRB Discuss Online, Jenny Truong, youth reproductive health advisor at USAID; Alexandra Hervish, of PRB; and Brad Kerner, of Save the Children, discuss the importance of investing in youth development and adolescent reproductive health policies and programs.

Zika Crisis Highlights Importance of Family Planning

February 2017: Article (February 2017) One year after the Zika global health emergency, World Health Organization (WHO) director-general, Margaret Chan, urged sustained attention to two important weaknesses in global health preparedness revealed by the Zika crisis—insufficient national mosquito control programs and poor access to family planning services.

Beware of Zombie Statistics … Even When It’s Not Halloween

October 2017: Article Do women really own less than 2 percent of the world’s land? Do women constitute 70 percent of the world’s poor? Do women provide between 60 percent and 80 percent of the agricultural labor in Africa? Do widely cited statistics like these mean they are backed up with solid research?

The U.S. Birth Rate Falls Further

June 2003: Article The U.S. total fertility rate has been revised: the United States is no longer the only industrialized country with fertility above replacement level. Perhaps the new estimate of the U.S. TFR and the sagging U.S. economy, which may further reduce the birth rate, will narrow this gap soon.

Iran's Demographic Dividend and the Implications of the Nuclear Deal

December 2015: Article This article by Farzaneh Roudi, program director for the Middle East and North Africa at PRB, was published in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

Gender-Based Violence: Impediment to Reproductive Health

September 2010: Article Gender-Based Violence: Impediment to Reproductive Health presents background on the frequency of gender-based violence and outlines the ways in which it is an impediment to health passed on from generation to generation.

Family Planning Policies and the Poor in Peru

March 2008: Article Over the past two decades, the government of Peru has instituted a series of laws and policies designed to expand access to family planning services. A recent article in International Family Planning Perspectives notes that these policies have not always achieved their desired effect.

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