Research Professor, Population Studies Center.
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.
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: Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics, 27(3): 145-156. 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.
Ardington, Cally, Anne Case, Mahnaz Islam, David Lam, Murray Leibbrandt, Alicia Menendez, and Analia Olgiati . 2010. "The Impact of AIDS on Intergenerational Support in South Africa: Evidence From the Cape Area Panel Study." Research on Aging, 32(1): 97-121. PMCID: PMC2794137. DOI. Abstract.
Lam, David, Murray Leibbrandt, and C. Mlatsheni. 2009. "Education and youth unemployment in South Africa." In Labor Markets and Economic Development edited by Kanbur, R. and Svejnar, J.. Routledge. (Routledge Studies in Development Economics) Public Access.
Hoek, Jasper, Suzanne Duryea, David Lam, and Deborah Levison. 2009. "Dynamics of Child Labor: Labor-Force Entry and Exit in Urban Brazil." In Child labor and education in Latin America: an economic perspective edited by Peter F. Orazem, Guilherme Sedlacek, and Zafiris Tzannatos. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.