Welcome to the

Population Research Center

The Population Research Center at the University of Chicago, established in 1985, is an interdisciplinary research center designed to facilitate high-quality population research conducted by its researchers.

The signature theme of our research is human and social capital in the urban context. The PRC’s urban emphasis is rooted in the emerging significance of global trends in urbanization, the ongoing and pressing concerns regarding urban populations in the U.S. and the long-standing interest in urban questions among our faculty. With this focus, the tools of demography and theoretical precepts of human and social capital can be brought to urban studies.

Letter from APC and PAA to President-Elect Biden regarding Supporting Population Sciences in the First 100 Days

Featured Associates

James Heckman

The Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College
PRC Research Areas: Measurement and Methods

Anjali Adukia

Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy
PRC Research Areas: Health and Disease Across the Lifespan; Economics and Labor Market Outcomes

Rene Flores

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, Sociology
PRC Research Areas: Demographics of Measurements and Methods

Katherine Baicker

Dean, Harris School of Public Policy
PRC Research Areas: Health and Disease Across the Lifespan

Guanglei Hong

Professor, Comparative Human Development
PRC Research Areas: Economics and Labor Market Outcomes; Demographics of Measurements and Methods

Geoffrey Wodtke

Associate Professor, Sociology
PRC Research Areas: Health and Disease Across the Lifespan; Measurement and Methods