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Esteban Calvo, PhD, MsPH

Director and Full Professor

Center clusters

health and aging, social relationships and cohesion, institutions and regulation

Areas of expertise

life-course sociology, social epidemiology, aging research, comparative public policy


Postdoctoral Ms in Public Health,Harvard University 2010
PhD in Sociology,Boston College 2009
MA in Sociology,Boston College 2007
BS in Sociology,Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 2002

Esteban Calvo is a life-course sociologist and social epidemiologist interested in positive aging processes. Much of his work attempts to identify and understand the social factors experienced throughout life that influence the health and happiness of older adults, as well as to evaluate public policies and interventions that contribute to improving their well-being and benefit society as a whole. His current research agenda includes three threads: (1) assessing the impact of life-course statuses, transitions, and trajectories on a variety of health outcomes, from self-reports to physical measures and biomarkers; (2) understanding how individuals react to social contexts and public policies that they experience over the life course; and (3) improving our understanding of the challenges and opportunities posed by demographic change to aging-related policy throughout the world. His recent publications analyze the effects of work and retirement on health, the emotional impact of unemployment and pension policy, and the cultural and structural determinants of social security reforms and health policies. He is currently involved in a long-term project, ranging from biological markers to social contexts, with the ultimate purpose of understanding the patterns of alcohol consumption and its effects on cardiovascular health and mortality of older people in more than 20 countries around the world. Dr. Calvo has received awards from the American Public Health Association, the American Sociological Association, the Gerontological Society of America, and the Retirement Research Foundation.

Other Affiliations

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Editorial Boards

Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences

Society and Mental Health

Injury Epidemiology


18 March 2016

Esteban Calvo, PhD, MsPH ,


Staudinger UM, Finkelstein R, Calvo E, Sivaramakrishnan K.

09 March 2016

Esteban Calvo, PhD, MsPH ,

(section The Big Question), World Policy Journal, Vol.33:3, pp. 1-5.

ISBN: 978-956-14-1958-2

, Ignacio Madero-Cabib

06 November 2015

Esteban Calvo, PhD, MsPH ,

Dossier, Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Santiago, Chile

Garretón, Manuela

30 October 2015

Esteban Calvo, PhD, MsPH ,

ISBN 978-956-314-326-3

Elacqua, Gregory, Alejandra Cortázar, and Esteban Calvo, eds.

27 October 2015

Esteban Calvo, PhD, MsPH ,

Journal of Moral Education, 44(2), 213-231. doi:

Silfver-Kuhalampi, M., Sortheix, F., & Fontaine, J.

Melbourne: Connor Court Publishing

30 September 2015

Esteban Calvo, PhD, MsPH ,

Errázuriz, Paula, Camila Valdés, Paul A. Vohringer, and Esteban Calvo

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