University of Michigan, USA, and IZA, Germany
Professor in the Department of Economics and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center, University of Michigan, USA
Economic demography, development economics, economics of labor markets in developing countries
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Consultant or advisor to South African presidency, World Bank, United Nations High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda, United Nations Population Division; Director, DFID/IZA Program on Growth and Labor Markets in Low-Income Countries
Visiting Professor of Economics, University of Cape Town, 1997–1998, 2004–2006, and 2013–2014; Visiting Researcher, Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1989–1990
PhD Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1983
“How the world survived the population bomb: Lessons from fifty years of extraordinary demographic history.” Demography 48:4 (2011): 1231–1262. (Population Association of America Presidential Address).
“Schooling as a lottery: Racial differences in progress through school in urban South Africa.” Journal of Development Economics 95:2 (2011): 121–136 (with C. Ardington and M. Leibbrandt).
“Stages of the demographic transition from a child’s perspective: Family size, cohort size, and schooling.” Population and Development Review 34:2 (2008): 225–252 (with L. Marteleto).
“Effects of economic shocks on children’s employment and schooling in Brazil.” Journal of Development Economics 84:1 (2007): 188–214 (with S. Duryea and D. Levison).
“Effects of family background on earnings and returns to schooling: Evidence from Brazil.” Journal of Political Economy 101:4 (1993): 213–243 (with R. Schoeni).
Youth bulges are not a major factor explaining current levels of youth unemploymentDavid Lam, May 2014The youth population bulge is often mentioned in discussions of youth unemployment and unrest in developing countries. But the youth share of the population has fallen rapidly in recent decades in most countries, and is projected to continue to fall. Evidence on the link between youth bulges and youth unemployment is mixed. It should not be assumed that declines in the relative size of the youth population will translate into falling youth unemployment without further policy measures to improve the youth labor market.MoreLess