Marlene Lee is a senior program manager in International Programs. Her focus is on economic development, education, and women’s empowerment. Lee previously worked at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and at Louisiana State University, as well as for the United States Peace Corps and as an independent research consultant. She holds advanced degrees with specializations in public policy and administration, family demography, and community development.
The Effect of Reproductive Health Improvements on Women's Economic Empowerment
With increased attention to women’s economic empowerment among donors and policymakers across the globe, we are at a pivotal moment for reviewing the current state of the research on women’s economic empowerment to identify gaps.
Researchers Share Results With Policymakers
The Research Council of Norway, a funding partner in the Population and Poverty Research Network (PopPov) for which PRB is the Secretariat, recently hosted a knowledge-sharing event at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) in Oslo, Norway.
Global Employment and the Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 calls for full and productive employment and decent work for all. In our latest Population Bulletin, we explain how demographic trends will have a bearing on whether and how rapidly this and other SDG goals are achieved.
Webinar: Mapping Research Approaches to the Demographic Dividend
The demographic dividend offers a powerful argument linking population dynamics and economic development. This topic has attracted a wide variety of researchers and international development organizations and has recently gained traction among global policy audiences.
Reproductive Health and Economic Well-Being in East Africa
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Population and Poverty Research Initiative, together with four European research councils, has sponsored research into how investments in women's and children's health contribute to economic development.
Appalachian Region Hit Hard by Recent U.S. Recession
Given the history of economic difficulties in the Appalachian Region, the Appalachian Regional Commission commissioned the Population Reference Bureau to analyze the effects of the recent recession on household wealth and economic well-being in the region.
Global Aging Monitoring Project
With funding from the Stanford Center on Longevity (SCL), PRB has collaborated with the Global Aging Program at SCL on the development of the SCL/PRB Index of Well-Being in Older Populations, a composite index to measure the well-being of older people across countries.