||David Lam is Professor in the Department of Economics and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center, University of Michigan. He earned an M.A. in Demography in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Economics in 1983 at the University of California, Berkeley. He was elected as the 2011 President of the Population Association of America. He has provided his expertise in a number of capacities, including as chair of the National Science Foundation Oversight Board of the IPUMS-International project, and as advisor or consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations Population Division, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the South Africa Office of the Presidency.
Professor Lamís research focuses on the economic demography of inequality, especially applied analysis of inequality in developing countries. He has worked extensively in Brazil and South Africa, where his research analyzes links between education, labor markets, and income inequality. He has been a Fulbright visiting researcher at the Institute for Applied Economic Research in Rio de Janeiro and at the School 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. His research has been published in leading economics and demography journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Development Economics, Demography, and Population and Development Review.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2011 and serves as IZA Program Director for Growth and Labor Markets in Low Income Countries (GLM | LIC).