Professor of Economics
David Lam is Professor of Economics, Director of the Institute for Social Research, and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center. He has served as president of the Population Association of America and currently serves on the Council of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He has been a member of the Committee on Population of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and has served as an advisor or consultant to the World Bank, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the United Nations Population Division, and the South Africa Office of the Presidency.
His 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 is an Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town. 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.
- Director, Institute for Social Research
- Research Professor, Population Studies Center
- Economic Development
- Economic Demography