Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Professor David E. Bloom has published over eighty articles and books in the fields of economics and demography. He has been honored with a number of distinctions, including an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and the Galbraith Award for quality teaching in economics. In April of 2005, David E. Bloom was named a Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in India and a scholar in residence at the Russell Sage Foundation during the academic year 1989-1990.

Professor Bloom’s current research interests include labor economics, health, demography, and the environment. He has written extensively on the linkages between health status and economic growth; the effects of population change on economic development; the determinants of wages, fringe benefits, and total family income; the adjudication of labor disputes; the measurement of discrimination; the emerging world labor market; the effects of rapid population growth; the economics of municipal solid waste; the sociology and economics of marriage and fertility; and the global spread and economic impacts of HIV and AIDS.

Professor Bloom has served as a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Asian Development Bank. In addition, he is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Labor Arbitration Panel, and a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he participates in the programs on labor studies, health economics, and aging.

Bloom has been a contributing editor of American Demographics and an associate editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics. He has served as a referee for over fifty journals and publishing houses, and has been a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science magazine since August 1991. From 1990 to 1993, Bloom served as the Chairman of the Department of Economics at Columbia University, and from 1996 to 1999, he served as Deputy Director of the Harvard Institute for International Development.