Yi Zeng, PhD

Professor in Medicine
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Center for Population Health & Aging
Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Campus mail Duke Box 3003, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 660-7554
Email address zengyi@duke.edu

(1) Socioeconomic, behavior, environmental and genetic determinants of healthy aging and healthy longevity;
(2) Factors related to elderly disability and mental health;
(3) Methods of family households and elderly living arrangements forecasting/analysis and their applications in health services and socioeconomic planning, and market studies;
(4) Policy analysis in population aging, social welfare, retirement, and fertility transitions.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Free University of Brussels (Belgium), 1986


Zeng, Yi, and Kenneth C. Land. “Adjusting period tempo changes with an extension of Ryder's basic translation equation..” Demography 39, no. 2 (May 2002): 269–85. https://doi.org/10.1353/dem.2002.0022.

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Yi, Zeng, James W. Vaupel, Xiao Zhenyu, Zhang Chunyuan, and Liu Yuzhi. “Sociodemographic and Health Profiles of Oldest Old in China..” Population and Development Review 2 (2002).


Yi, Z., J. W. Vaupel, X. Zhenyu, Z. Chunyuan, and L. Yuzhi. “Sociodemographic and health profiles of the oldest old in China.” Population and Development Review 28, no. 2 (2002): 251–73.


Zeng, Y., J. W. Vaupel, Z. Xiao, C. Zhang, and Y. Liu. “L'enquête sur la longévité en bonne santé : L'espérance de vie sans incapacité des personnes très âgées en Chine.” Population 56, no. 1–2 (December 1, 2001): 109–32.


Yi, Zeng. “It Is No Longer Appropriate to Advocate in Programmatic Party and Government Documents That Family Support Should Be the Main Form of Eldercare in Rural Areas.” Chinese Sociology & Anthropology 34, no. 1 (October 2001): 81–83. https://doi.org/10.2753/csa0009-4625340181.

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Yi, Z., and K. C. Land. “A sensitivity analysis of the Bongaarts-Feeney method for adjusting bias in observed period total fertility rates..” Demography 38, no. 1 (February 2001): 17–28. https://doi.org/10.1353/dem.2001.0010.

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Zeng, Y., J. W. Vaupel, Z. Xiao, C. Zhang, and Y. Liu. “The healthy longevity survey and the active life expectancy of the oldest old in China.” Population 13, no. 1 (January 1, 2001).