The reach of the Centers on the Demography and Economics is global, with almost all involved in international projects, helping to develop the fields of demography and economics of aging in many countries. Centers support the infrastructure and pilot data collection to foster larger research projects; develop national and international networks of researchers; and develop methods for the analysis of state-of-the-art, often-longitudinal, social science data that contains complex, deeply-described phenotypes.

The University of Michigan serves as coordinating center for this program.