James P. Smith

RAND Corporation, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Chair, Labor Markets and Demographic Studies, RAND Corporation, 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


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).