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"Drawing together leading scholars from diverse disciplines to support, produce, and promote population-related research of the highest scientific merit."

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Mexico-US migration during the Great Recession


Maternal depression, pregnancy intention, and return to work

Andres Villarreal, working with data from the Mexican National Occupation and Employment Survey (Encuesta Nacional de Ocupación y Empleo, ENOE), is seeking causal origins of the decline in migration from Mexico in recent years which may indicate the direction of future trends. Rada Dagher and Sandra Hofferth have published a paper examining the relationship between pregnancy intention, maternal depression, and the pace of return to paid work after childbirth. Dagher was named recipient of the 2014 Young Professional Award by the Maternal and Child Health section of the American Public Health Association in recognition of her work on maternal health and post-partum depression.

The Center’s research focuses on four key areas: Gender, Family, and Social Change; Health in Social Context; Social and Economic Inequality; and People and Place. Learn more about the types of projects being conducted in these thematic areas by clicking on one of the research profiles above.