Gretchen Donehower
Gretchen Donehower
Demographer, social statistician

demographer, social statistician




Throughout my professional and academic career, I have been interested in quantitative research methods and have contributed to research in various areas such as the interactions between population and economics, investment analysis, population forecasting, primate ecology, residential segregation, and education.

I am currently working for the Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA) as an Academic Specialist. I work on CEDA projects, but one of the main purposes of my job is to keep track of the many simulation and forecasting tools developed by CEDA researchers and to make them more accessible to the public and other researchers.

One of the main projects that I work on is the National Transfer Accounts Project (NTA). The NTA project seeks to estimate the age dimension of economic activity -- how we produce, consume, share and save by age. I maintain the age accounts for the United States and help develop methodology, coordinate research activities, conduct trainings and oversee estimate quality for the global project. Over 80 countries are now actively involved in NTA.

I am also the Principal Investigator of Counting Women's Work (CWW). CWW grew out of NTA's efforts to include gender as an analytical category, so that we could understand how the economic life cycle differs for men and women, and girls and boys. It extends NTA's methodology, however, by including National Time Transfer Accounts. These accounts measure the production, consumption, and transfer of time spent in unpaid care and housework that has traditionally been known as "women's work."



I work from home and live in Southern Oregon with one husband, two sons, and many deer, black bears, bobcats, turkeys, and acorn woodpeckers, just to name a few of the other locals. To make it worth your while to have visited this page, here's our faithful dog Tessa being made to wear antlers to get her picture taken with Santa. It looks like Santa is trying to strangle her and she is worried.  While I consider this the height of animal cruelty (the folks we adopted her from did it, I swear!), it's still a pretty funny picture. It’s also a nice memorial to our beloved friend who called it quits a few years back at the ripe old age of 16.  I could put up some pictures of my kids here but, unlike the dog, someday they'll be able to embarrass themselves on the internet with no help from me. Why steal their thunder?