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David Lam

Research Professor, Population Studies Center.

Chair, Department of Economics.

Director, Institute for Social Research.

Professor, Economics.

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Lam's research focuses on the interaction of economics and demography in developing countries, including analysis of the economics of population growth, fertility, marriage, and aging. Current research projects include analysis of the links between education and income inequality in Brazil and South Africa, the impact of demographic change on labor markets, and the links between birth rates and education in developing countries. He is collaborating with researchers from the University of Cape Town on projects analyzing youth transitions in education, childbearing, and employment using the Cape Area Panel Study, a longitudinal survey supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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Journal Articles

Branson, Nicola, Clare Hofmeyr, and David Lam. 2014. "Progress through school and the determinants of school dropout in South Africa." Development Southern Africa, 31(1): 106-126. DOI. Abstract.

Lam, David. 2013. "Reply to Stan Becker, "Has the World Really Survived the Population Bomb? (Commentary on "How the World Survived the Population Bomb: Lessons from 50 Years of Extraordinary Demographic History")"." Demography, 50(6): 2183-2186. DOI.

Lam, David, Leticia Marteleto, and Vimal Ranchhod. 2013. "The Influence of Older Classmates on Adolescent Sexual Behavior in Cape Town, South Africa." Studies in Family Planning, 44(2): 147-167. PMCID: PMC3788580. DOI.

Meier, A., R. McCaa, and David Lam. 2011. "Creating statistically literate global citizens: The use of IPUMS-International integrated census microdata in teaching." Statistical Journal of the IAOS, 27(3): 145-156. Abstract.

Lam, David. 2011. "How the World Survived the Population Bomb: Lessons From 50 Years of Extraordinary Demographic History." Demography, 48(4): 1231-1262. PMCID: PMC3777609. DOI. Abstract.

Lam, David, Cally Ardington, and Murray Leibbrandt. 2011. "Schooling as a lottery: Racial differences in school advancement in urban South Africa." Journal of Development Economics, 95(2): 121-136. PMCID: PMC3076682. DOI. Abstract.

Williams, Nathalie, John E. Knodel, and David Lam. 2010. "HIV/AIDS and Older Persons: Shifting the Focus From the Infected to the Affected." Research on Aging, 32(1): 3-18. DOI.

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Current PSC Trainee:

Johannes Norling.