Grand Challenges for the Scientific Study of Aging

3 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2011

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David Weir

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Institute for Social Research (ISR)

Date Written: October 15, 2010

Abstract

The demographic transition that began at the end of the eighteenth century saw dramatic reductions in infant and child mortality, accompanied by declining fertility. Both trends resulted in populations whose stable dynamics imply much older populations. Moreover, the enormous success at defeating infant mortality has left very little room for further improvements to have much quantitative effect on life expectancy. The demographic transition of the recent past and long-term future is one in which adult and especially older-age mortality and morbidity will be the main stage for large changes in population dynamics. These two features - population aging as a social-demographic fact, and individual aging as a target for health improvement - pose the grand challenges for behavioral science I wish to address.

Suggested Citation

Weir, David, Grand Challenges for the Scientific Study of Aging (October 15, 2010). American Economic Association, Ten Years and Beyond: Economists Answer NSF's Call for Long-Term Research Agendas, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1889373 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1889373

David Weir (Contact Author)

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Institute for Social Research (ISR) ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248
United States

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