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Associate Research Scientist, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan
Mary Beth Ofstedal

Research Interests

Transitions in physical and cognitive functioning, utilization of health and long-term care services, intergenerational relations and support, longitudinal survey design and analysis, and comparative research.


Ph.D. Sociology, University of Michigan, 1995

Regions and Countries Studied

Asia, Southeast Asia, China, Costa Rica, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand

Related Publications

Hermalin A, Ofstedal M, and Tesfai R. 2007. "Future Characteristics of the Elderly in Developing Countries and Their Implications for Policy." Asian Population Studies 3(1): 5-36.

Ofstedal M, Zimmer Z, Hermalin A, Chan A, Chuang Y, Natividad J, and Tang Z. 2007. "Short-term Trends in Functional Limitation and Disability Among Older Asians: A Comparison of Five Asian Settings." Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 22 (3): 243-261.

Zimmer Z, Martin LG, Ofstedal M, and Chuang Y. 2007. "Education of adult children and mortality of their elderly parents in Taiwan." Demography 44(2): 289-305..

Ofstedal M, Reidy E, and Knodel JE. 2004. "Gender differences in economic support and well-being among older Asians." Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 19:165-20.

Knodel JE, and Ofstedal M. 2003. "Gender and Aging in the Developing World: Where Are the Men?" Population and Development Review 29 (4): 677-698.

Frankenberg E, Chan A, and Ofstedal M. 2002. "Stability and Change in Living Arrangements: Evidence from Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan." Population Studies-A Journal of Demography 56 (2): 201-213.


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