David Bloom is Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Bloom served for 10 years as Chairman of HSPH's Department of Global Health and Population. He is currently faculty director of Harvard's Program on the Global Demography of Aging and a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has published more than 350 articles, book chapters, and books in the fields of economics, health, and demography and has been honored with a number of distinctions, including election as Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Bloom is an Adjunct Trustee of amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, a member of the Board of Directors of PSI, and a member of the Board of JSI. Bloom also serves as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Health Advisory Board and its Global Agenda Councils on Population Growth, Ageing, and Education and Skill Mobility. Bloom received a BSc in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1976, an MA in Economics from Princeton University in 1978, and a PhD in Economics and Demography from Princeton University in 1981. Bloom has been Assistant Professor of Economics at Carnegie-Mellon; Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics at Harvard; Professor and Chairman of Economics at Columbia; and Deputy Director of the Harvard Institute of International Development. Bloom is co-Editor of the Journal of the Economics of Population Ageing, and a member of the Book Review Board of Science. In March, 2011 Dr. Bloom’s concept of the “demographic dividend” was featured in Time magazine’s “Ten Ideas That Will Change the World.”
July 10, 2012 / David E. Bloom, Robert Greenhill
The potential for rapid economic growth that is created by lower fertility is known as the “demographic dividend.”
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