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James Smith

James Smith

International Research Fellow


Doctor of the University, Trinity College Dublin, 2017

Doctor of the University, University of Stirling, 2013

Ulysses Medal—University College Dublin, October 2009

PhD Economics, University of Chicago, 1972

BS Economics, Fordham University, 1965 

James holds the Distinguished Chair in Labor Markets and Demographic Studies at the RAND Corporation and is an International Research Fellow of the IFS. James is also a member of the CPP Advisory Board at IFS.


He has studied immigration, the economics of aging, black-white wages and employment, the effects of economic development on labor markets, wealth accumulation and savings behavior, the interrelation of health and economic status, and the effects of attrition and nonresponse in the National Institute on Aging's Health and Retirement Study (HRS).


He is principal investigator for the New Immigrant Survey, which yields adequate sample size of the foreign-born, has known sampling properties, permits longitudinal analyses, and can answer policy questions of relevance to immigration.