Dr. Smith joined RLA in 2020 as a Senior Associate (Economist). Prior to that, he was a Senior Economist at RAND from 1977 to 2020 and Director of its Labor and Population Program until 1994. He has been principal investigator of numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded projects, including studies of immigration, the economics of aging, wealth accumulation and savings behavior, the relation of health and economic status, and the impacts of early life conditions on later life outcomes. He is a recognized leader of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS; funded by the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration), having chaired the committee that wrote the original study design, serving as a key advisor to virtually all the HRS sister surveys around the world, chairing the Data Monitoring Committee from 1991 to 2020, and publishing extensively about the existing HRS family of surveys. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine) in 2011. He earned a BS in economics from Fordham University and a PhD in economics from University of Chicago.
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