Professor of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Research Professor, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research
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David Lam is Professor in the Department of Economics and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. He received a M.A. in demography in 1982 and a Ph.D. in economics in 1983 from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor 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. He has worked extensively in Brazil and South Africa, where his research analyzes links between education, labor markets, and income inequality. He was a Fulbright visiting researcher at the Institute for Applied Economic Research in Rio de Janeiro in 1989-90. He was a visiting professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town in 1997-98, 2004-06, and 2013-14. His collaborations with the University of Cape Town include the Cape Area Panel Study, a longitudinal survey of young people in Cape Town supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He served as president of the Population Association of America and was a member of the Committee on Population of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He has served as advisor or consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations Population Division, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and the South Africa Office of the Presidency.