New Data Collection

This summer, I'm overseeing a new data collection project in Balaka, Malawi, thanks to funding from the Max Planck Society. The new data collection will feature a random sample of approximately 2,400 women between the ages of 25 and 34 years old. A subsample of respondents were previously enrolled in Tsogolo la Thanzi, a study (designed and implemented by Jenny Trinitapoli and Sara Yeatman) that you can read about here and here. Please e-mail me if you're interested in learning more about the data collection timeline/process, questionnaires, and/or data access.

Although the surveys will collect comprehensive data from women, a primary focus is to gather data that will allow me to document how intimate exposure to family members’ deaths influence young people’s behaviors, decisions, beliefs, perceptions, and well-being, allowing me to identify exposure to mortality as an unappreciated element of social inequality. With these data, I will also be able to answer long-standing questions in sociology, psychology, and demography about how young people living in the midst of a dramatically changing mortality regime perceive this change.

In addition to facilitating my interest in exposure to mortality as a feature of the social world, these new data will help me advance my ongoing, collaborator research on unintended pregnancy (with Sara Yeatman).