Professor David Canning's research focuses on the role of demographic
change and health improvements in economic development. The
research on demographic change focuses on the effect of changes
in age structure on aggregate economic activity, and the effect
of changes in longevity on economic behavior. In terms of health
the research focuses on health as a form of human capital and
its affect on worker productivity.
Before taking up his position at the Harvard School
of Public Health, Professor Canning held faculty positions at the
London School of Economics, Cambridge University, Columbia University,
and Queen’s University Belfast. Professor Canning has served
as a consultant to the World Health Organization, the World Bank,
and the Asian Development Bank. In addition, he was a member
of Working Group One of the World Health Organization’s Commission
on Macroeconomics and Health.
He is currently deputy director of the Program
on the Global Demography of Aging and heads the economics track of
the doctoral program in Global Health and Population.