James P. Smith

Rose Li & Associates, USA, and IZA, Germany.

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Senior Research Associate (Economist), Rose Li & Associates, USA

Research interest

Immigration, global health, economics of aging

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Chair of Panel on Policy Research and Data Needs to Meet the Challenge of Aging in Asia (2010-2012); National Academy of Science; Member, National Institute of Aging Council Advisory Committee (NACA) to the Director of the National Institute of Aging, (2009-2011); Chair, Panel on Demographic and Economic Impacts of Immigration, National Academy of Sciences (1995-1997)

Past positions

Chair, Labor Markets and Demographic Studies, RAND Corporation, USA (1997-2020)


PhD Economics, University of Chicago, USA, 1972

Selected publications

  • “Immigrants and the labor market.” Journal of Labor Economics 24 (2006): 203-233.

  • “Immigrants and their education.” In: Hanushek, E., and F. Welch (eds). Handbook of the Economics of Education, Volume 1. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2006; pp. 156-187.

  • “Immigration health: Selectivity and acculturation.” In: Anderson, N. B., R. A. Bulatao, and B. Cohen (eds). Critical Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health in Late Life. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2004; pp. 227-266 (with G. Jasso, D. Massey, and M. Rosenzweig).

  • “The changing skill of new immigrants to the United States: Recent trends and their determinants.” In: Borjas, G. J. (ed.). Issues in the Economics of Immigration. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2000; pp. 185-225 (with G. Jasso and M. R. Rosenzweig).

  • The New Americans: The Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1997 (with B. Edmonson, eds).