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James P. Smith
Research Fellow

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Smith James P. Smith (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1972) holds the RAND Chair in Labor Markets and Demographic Studies and was the Director of RAND's Labor and Population Studies Program from 1977-1994. He has led numerous projects, including studies of immigration, the economics of aging, black-white wages and employment, the effects of economic development on labor markets, wealth accumulation and savings behavior, and the interrelation of health and economic status among the elderly. He has also worked on a wide range of other projects, including analyses of wrongful death cases, the labor supply effects of income maintenance programs, the market for college graduates, and economic development in Southeast Asia. He is currently Principal Investigator for The New Immigrant Survey, a cost-effective survey that yields adequate sample size of the foreign born, has known sampling properties, permits longitudinal analyses, and can answer policy questions of particular relevance to immigration.

Dr. Smith was the Chair of the Panel on Demographic and Economic Impacts of Immigration (1995-1997), Committee on Population and Committee on National Statistics, National Academy of Sciences. The Panel was convened to examine the interconnections of immigration, population, and the economy, and to provide evidence about the impact of immigration. Dr. Smith has served on the National Advisory Board for the Poverty Institute and on the Population Research Committee at the National Institutes of Health. He chaired the National Institute on Aging's Ad Hoc Advisory Panel on NIA's Extramural Priorities for Data Collection in Health and Retirement Economics and currently serves on the NIA Data Monitoring Committee for both the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) and Asset and Health Dynamics of the Oldest-Old (AHEAD).

Smith has written a number of papers on the quality of asset data in both HRS and AHEAD and racial and ethnic differences in personal net worth, Social Security, and pension wealth. He is a member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID); and was the public representative appointed by the Governor on the California OSHA Board. He has received the National Institutes of Health MERIT Award, the most distinguished honor NIH grants to a researcher.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2004.
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IZA World of Labor article: Taxpayer effects of immigration
IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
9226  Xiaoyan Lei
Yan Shen
James P. Smith
Guangsu Zhou
Do Social Networks Improve Chinese Adults' Subjective Well-being?
7782  James P. Smith
Liam Delaney
Acquiring Human Capital through the Generations by Migration
(published in: Journal of Human Capital 2015, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp. 564 - 600)
7713  Iris Kesternich
Bettina Siflinger
James P. Smith
Joachim K. Winter
Individual Behavior as a Pathway between Early-Life Shocks and Adult Health: Evidence from Hunger Episodes in Post-War Germany
(published in: Economic Journal, Volume 125, Issue 588, November 2015, Pages: F372F393)
7536  Xiaoyan Lei
James P. Smith
Xiaoting Sun
Yaohui Zhao
Gender Differences in Cognition in China and Reasons for Change over Time: Evidence from CHARLS
(published in: The Journal of the Economics of Ageing 4:46-55, 2014)
7535  James P. Smith
Meng Tian
Yaohui Zhao
Community Effects on Elderly Health: Evidence from CHARLS National Baseline
(published in: Journal of the Economics of Ageing 1-2 (2013) 5059, November 2013)
6899  James P. Smith
The Human Capital (Schooling) of Immigrants in America
(published in: Barry Chiswick and Paul Miller. (eds.), Handbook on the Economics of International Migration, Volume 1A, Chapter 4, pp. 167-195, 2014)
6297  James Banks
James P. Smith
International Comparisons in Health Economics: Evidence from Aging Studies
(published in: Annual Review of Economics 4:5781, 2012)
6296  Iris Kesternich
Bettina Siflinger
James P. Smith
Joachim K. Winter
The Effects of World War II on Economic and Health Outcomes across Europe
(published in: The Review of Economics and Statistics 96(1):103118, 2014)
5852  Liam Delaney
Alan Fernihough
James P. Smith
Exporting Poor Health: The Irish in England
(published in: Demography 50(6):2013-2035, 2013)
5318  James P. Smith
Yan Shen
John Strauss
Yang Zhe
Yaohui Zhao
The Effects of Childhood Health on Adult Health and SES in China
(published in: Economic Development and Cultural Change 61(1):127-156, October 2012)
5173  James Banks
Richard Blundell
Zo Oldfield
James P. Smith
House Price Volatility and the Housing Ladder
(forthcoming in D. Wise (ed), Insights in the Economics of Ageing, Chapter 3, University of Chicago Press.)
5168  James Banks
Richard Blundell
Zo Oldfield
James P. Smith
Housing Mobility and Downsizing at Older Ages in Britain and the United States
(published in: Economica, 2011, [Early View])
5161  James Banks
Alastair Muriel
James P. Smith
Attrition and Health in Ageing Studies: Evidence from ELSA and HRS
(published in: Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 2(2):101-126, 2011)
5152  John Strauss
Xiaoyan Lei
Albert Park
Yan Shen
James P. Smith
Zhe Yang
Yaohui Zhao
Health Outcomes and Socio-Economic Status among the Elderly in China: Evidence from the CHARLS Pilot
(published in: Journal of Population Ageing 3(3-4):111-142, 2010)
4992  James Banks
Alastair Muriel
James P. Smith
Disease Prevalence, Disease Incidence, and Mortality in the United States and in England
(published in: Demography 47 (Supplement):S211- S231, 2010)
4698  Julie Zissimopoulos
James P. Smith
Unequal Giving: Monetary Gifts to Children Across Countries and Over Time
(published in: Timothy Smeeding, Robert Erikson, and Markus Jantti (eds.), Persistence, Privilege, Policy and Parenting: The Comparative Study of Intergenerational Mobility. Russell Sage Foundation, 2011)
4548  Liam Delaney
Mark E. McGovern
James P. Smith
From Angela's Ashes to the Celtic Tiger: Early Life Conditions and Adult Health in Ireland
(published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2011, 30 (1), 1-10)
4388  Arie Kapteyn
James P. Smith
Arthur van Soest
Work Disability, Work, and Justification Bias in Europe and the U.S.
(published in: David A. Wise (ed.), Explorations in the Economics of Aging, University of Chicago Press, pp. 269-316, 2011)
4274  James P. Smith
The Impact of Childhood Health on Adult Labor Market Outcomes
(published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2009, 91(3), 478 - 489)
4269  John J. McArdle
James P. Smith
Robert Willis
Cognition and Economic Outcomes in the Health and Retirement Survey
(published in: David A. Wise (ed.), Explorations in the Economics of Aging, Chapter 7, University of Chicago Press, pp. 209-236, 2010)
4036  James P. Smith
Re-Constructing Childhood Health Histories
(published in: Demography 46(2):387-403, May 2009)
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Arie Kapteyn
James P. Smith
Arthur van Soest
Life Satisfaction
(published in: E. Diener, J.E. Helliwell and D. Kahneman (eds.), International Differences in Well-Being, Oxford University Press, 2010, 70-104)
3441  Guillermina Jasso
Douglas S. Massey
Mark R. Rosenzweig
James P. Smith
From Illegal to Legal: Estimating Previous Illegal Experience among New Legal Immigrants to the United States
(published in: International Migration Review, 2008, 42 (4), 803-843)
2860  Arthur van Soest
Liam Delaney
Colm P. Harmon
Arie Kapteyn
James P. Smith
Validating the Use of Vignettes for Subjective Threshold Scales
(published in: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (Statistics in Society), 2011, 174 (3), 575-595)
2539  James Banks
Michael Marmot
Zo Oldfield
James P. Smith
The SES Health Gradient on Both Sides of the Atlantic
(published in: David Wise (ed.), Developments in the Economics of Aging, University of Chicago Press, pp. 359-406, 2009)
2246  Arie Kapteyn
Pierre-Carl Michaud
James P. Smith
Arthur van Soest
Effects of Attrition and Non-Response in the Health and Retirement Study
(published as 'Temporary and permanent unit non-response in follow-up interviews of the Health and Retirement Study' in: Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 2011, 2 (2), 145 - 169)
2057  Arie Kapteyn
James P. Smith
Arthur van Soest
Dynamics of Work Disability and Pain
(published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2008, 27(2), 496-509)
1118  James Banks
Arie Kapteyn
James P. Smith
Arthur van Soest
International Comparisons of Work Disability
(published in: David Cutler and David Wise (eds.), Health at Older Ages: The Causes and Consequences of Declining Disability Among the Elderly, University of Chicago Press, 2008, 251-294)



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