Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging

The Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA) was founded in 1993 to promote interdisciplinary research on the economic and demographic aspects of aging at the Berkeley campus and elsewhere.  It is currently supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Aging (2P30AG012839-21). Founded by Ronald Lee, it is now under the directorship of Will Dow.  CEDA emerged as part of the The Social Sciences Matrix (Matrix).  Offices for researchers are next door to the Department of Demography, enabling synergies of research strength. 

At the central core of CEDA is a group of outstanding formal and mathematical and statistical demographers who apply their skills to a variety of research areas, including biodemography, demographic modeling and forecasting, and intergenerational transfers including fiscal accounting. This central core is enriched by other themes, notably psychological and behavioral economics with applications to economic and health-related behaviors.  There are four major programs in CEDA: The Human Mortality Database (HMD:; National Transfer Accounts (NTA:; Biodemography of Longevity; and Behavioral Economics and Behavioral Change (

William Dow
(510) 643-5439
Staff contact
María Teresa Hernández
Mailing address

2232 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-2120