George E. Johnson Collegiate Professor Emeritus of Economics, Professor Emeritus of Economics, and Research Professor Emeritus
611 Tappan Ave.
318 Lorch Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1220
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 higher education in the U.S. and on 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. He is a Faculty Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), affiliated with the Labor Studies, and Education and Aging programs.
- Research Professor, Population Studies Center
- ISR Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center., Institute for Social Research
- Labor Economics