Research Professor, Population Studies Center.
Director, Institute for Social Research.
Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: 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.
Binder, Ariel, and David Lam. 2018. "Is There a Male Breadwinner Norm? The Hazards of Inferring Preferences from Marriage Market Outcomes." NBER Working Paper No. 24907
Lam, David, Guilherme Sedlacek, and Suzanne Duryea. 2016. "Increase in women´s education and fertility decline in Brazil." Anais do VIII Encontro Nacional de Estudos Populacionais, 1: 89-118.
Schiel, Reinhard, Murray Leibbrandt, and David Lam. 2016. "Assessing the impact of social grants on inequality: A South African case study." In Contemporary Issues in Development Economics edited by Besley, Timothy. Palgrave Macmillan.
Lam, David. 2014. "Youth bulges and youth unemployment." IZA World of Labor, 26.
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