David E. Bloom
Research Fellow

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Bloom David E. Bloom is Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography at the Harvard School of Public Health. During 2011-2, Bloom is Visiting Professor at the Harvard Business School. From September 2001 through August 2011, Bloom served as Chairman of the School's Department of Global Health and Population. He also serves as Director of Harvard University’s Program on the Global Demography of Aging (funded by the National Institute of Aging).

Professor Bloom received a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1976, an M.A. in Economics from Princeton University in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Economics and Demography from Princeton in 1981. Prior to joining the public health school faculty in 1996, Bloom served on the public policy faculty at Carnegie-Mellon University, and on the economics faculties at Harvard University and Columbia University. At Columbia, he was a Professor of Economics and the Department Chairman from 1990 to 1993. From 1996 to 1999 he served as Deputy Director of the Harvard Institute for International Development.

Bloom is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (Programs in Labor Economics, Health Care, and Ageing), and a member of the Book Review Board of Science magazine. Bloom also serves as an Adjunct Trustee at amfAR, a member of the Board of Directors of PSI, and a member of the Steering Committee of the World Demographic Association. Bloom chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Ageing and Society and is former chair of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Population Growth. Bloom has published over 350 articles and books. He has written extensively on primary, secondary, and tertiary education in developing countries, labor and employment issues in the US and beyond, environmental quality, and marriage and fertility patterns. His current interests focus mainly on the effects of population health and population dynamics on economic growth and development, the value of vaccination, and on population aging in India.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2012.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
10896  David E. Bloom
Simiao Chen
Michael Kuhn
Mark E. McGovern
Les Oxley
Klaus Prettner
The Economic Burden of Chronic Diseases: Estimates and Projections for China, Japan and South Korea
10639  Laura B. Nolan
David E. Bloom
Ramnath Subbaraman
Legal Status and Deprivation in India's Urban Slums: An Analysis of Two Decades of National Sample Survey Data
10294  David E. Bloom
Philip G. Altbach
Henry Rosovsky
Looking Back on the Lessons of "Higher Education and Developing Countries: Peril and Promise": Perspectives on China and India
10164  David E. Bloom
Elizabeth Mitgang
Benjamin Osher
Demography of Global Aging
10163  David E. Bloom
Dara Lee Luca
The Global Demography of Aging: Facts, Explanations, Future
10162  Arunika Agarwal
Alyssa Lubet
Elizabeth Mitgang
Sanjay Mohanty
David E. Bloom
Population Aging in India: Facts, Issues, and Options
10161  David E. Bloom
Michael Kuhn
Klaus Prettner
Africa's Prospects for Enjoying a Demographic Dividend
9268  David E. Bloom
Michael Kuhn
Klaus Prettner
The Contribution of Female Health to Economic Development
9143  Pascal Geldsetzer
David E. Bloom
Salal Humair
Till Bärnighausen
Increasing Coverage of Antiretroviral Therapy and Male Medical Circumcision in HIV Hyperendemic Countries: A Cost-Benefit Analysis
7855  David E. Bloom
Salal Humair
Larry Rosenberg
J.P. Sevilla
James Trussell
A Demographic Dividend for Sub-Saharan Africa: Source, Magnitude, and Realization
7563  David E. Bloom
Elizabeth T. Cafiero
Mark E. McGovern
Klaus Prettner
Anderson Stanciole
Jonathan Weiss
Samuel Bakkila
Larry Rosenberg
The Economic Impact of Non-communicable Disease in China and India: Estimates, Projections, and Comparisons
7391  David E. Bloom
David Canning
Günther Fink
Disease and Development Revisited
(forthcoming in: Journal of Political Economy, 2014, 122 (6), 1355-1366 )
7245  Orley Ashenfelter
David E. Bloom
Gordon B. Dahl
Lawyers as Agents of the Devil in a Prisoner's Dilemma Game: Evidence from Long Run Play
(published in: Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 2013, 10 (3), 399-423)
7205  David E. Bloom
Alfonso Sousa-Poza
Ageing and Productivity: Introduction
(published in: Labour Economics, 22 (2013) 1–4)
6527  Klaus Prettner
David E. Bloom
Holger Strulik
Declining Fertility and Economic Well-Being: Do Education and Health Ride to the Rescue?
IZA Policy Papers:
No. Author(s)
76 Mehnaz Aziz
David E. Bloom
Salal Humair
Emmanuel Jimenez
Larry Rosenberg
Zeba Sathar
Education System Reform in Pakistan: Why, When, and How?
59 David E. Bloom
Roddy McKinnon
The Design and Implementation of Public Pension Systems in Developing Countries: Issues and Options
58 Till Bärnighausen
David E. Bloom
Salal Humair
Global Health Governance and Tropical Diseases
57 David E. Bloom
Günther Fink
The Economic Case for Devoting Public Resources to Health