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George E. Johnson Collegiate Professor of Economics (on leave Fall 2014 - Winter 2015)

611 Tappan Street
318 Lorch Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1220

Office Location(s): 318 Lorch Hall
Phone: 734.647.2319
Fax: 734.764.2769
Curriculum Vitae

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Research Professor, Population Studies Center
  • Fields of Study
    • Labor Economics
  • About

    Professor Bound is an empirically oriented labor economist. Much of Bound's research has focused on the effect of health on the labor force behavior of older working-aged men and women with a focus on the effects of the U.S. Social Security Disability Program on the behavior and economic well being of working aged individuals. He has worked on the reliability and validity of survey measures of health and was an early contributor to the research showing disability declines among the elderly. In other work, Bound contributed to the evidence that an important influence on the demand for skilled labor within the U.S. is technological change. Much of his recent work has focused on education. In ongoing research Bound is studying the impact of high skilled immigration into the U.S. on U.S. competitiveness and on educational and labor force outcomes for U.S. natives. In addition, in collaboration with Arline Geronimus, he has written a significant number of papers on black-white differences in health outcomes. Along with his substantive work, Bound has made a number of methodological contributions, including influential work on weak instruments and on measurement error in survey data. He is an elected fellow of the Econometric Society and the Society for Labor Economists.

    Along with his appointment in the department of economics, Bound is affiliated with and an active member of the governing faculty of Michigan's Population Studies Center and is the director of the Michigan Center for the Demography of Aging (MICDA) there. He is a Faculty Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), affiliated with the Labor Studies, and Education and Aging programs.

  • Education
    • PhD, Harvard, 1987