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Key Areas of Research

The Yun Kim Population Research Lab supports research on a number of regional, domestic, and international projects. Key areas of research include: U.S and international migration, population health quality of life, mortality determinants and longevity forecasts, social inequality and health disparities, social determinants of obesity, familiy challenges facing the U.S. and southeast Asia, and the demographic consequences of labor market disruptions. For a complete list of current research projects, please see the menus below. 

Domestic Research Projects

  • Migration and spatial patterns of disability

  • The impact of obesity on mortality among U.S. adults

  • Associations between job quality and divorce risks

  • Aging, ethnicity and land use change in rural communities

  • Gendered immigration patterns in new U.S. destinations

  • Mother's nonstandard employment and children's health

  • Sleep deprivation and dietary choices among U.S. adolescents

  • The impact of "bad jobs" on marriage

  • Ethnic variation in associations between short sleep duration and obesity among U.S. adolescents 

  • Food insecurity, functional limitation and mental health among U.S. adults

  • Weight stigma and discriminatory experiences at the intersection race/ethnicity, class and gender

International Research Projects

  • Marriage and women's health in Japan

  • The effects of education on labor force transitions among married women in Japan

  • Age, period and cohort effects on suicide mortality in Japan and South Korea

  • Gender ideology, migration decisions, and destination selection in the Republic of Georgia

  • Educational differences in early childbearing: a cross-national comparative study

  • Infant mortality in Kyrgyzstan before and after the dissolution of the Soviet Union

  • Educational migration from Turkmenistan

Regional Research Projects

  • Social, economic and environmental causes and consequences of demographic change in rural America

  • Ethnic disparities in influenza vaccination rates

  • Early family building behaviors and subsequent well-being

  • The impact of educational attainment on type-2 diabetes

  • Determinants of overweight and obesity among adolescents


The Lab's research projects have been supported by multiple local and national institutes and centers, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). See below for a complete list of funding sources. 

Funding sources

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)

  • National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Utah Agricultural Experiment Station (UAES)

  • The Yun Kim Population Research Laboratory Endowment

  • The Yun & Wendy Kim Fellowship in Population Studies

  • Bureau of Intelligence & Research, U.S. Department of State

  • Utah Population Estimates Committee 

  • Governor's Office of Management & Budget

  • Utah Agricultural Experiment Station

  • Utah State Data Center