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Welcome to MPC

The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is a University-wide interdisciplinary cooperative for demographic research. The MPC serves more than 80 faculty members and research scientists from eight colleges and institutes at the University of Minnesota. As a leading developer and disseminator of demographic data, we also serve a broader audience of some 50,000 demographic researchers worldwide.


  • The MPC is currently recruiting graduate research assistants for summer 2014 and academic year 2014-15.
  • The MPC is now the largest research center at the University of Minnesota based on sponsored research expenditures!
  • Please join Steve Ruggles on Thursday, April 17, 2014 for his talk "The History and Future of Big Data for Population Research". More information may be found here.
  • Steve Ruggles, Director, Minnesota Population Center, has been elected 2014 President-Elect of the Population Association of America.
  • The December issue of Demography features groundbreaking research from three MPC members:
    • Liying Luo ("Assessing Validity and Application Scope of the Intrinsic Estimator Approach to the Age-Period-Cohort Problem")
    • Joan Garcia (with Iñaki Permanyer and Albert Esteve, "The Impact of Educational Homogamy on Isolated Illiteracy Levels")
    • Ezra Golberstein (with David Frisvold, "The Effect of School Quality on Black-White Health Differences: Evidence from Segregated Southern Schools").
  • NIH requires all grant supported research publications be made available in PubMed Central