Robert Bozick is a senior sociologist at the RAND Corporation, associate director of RAND Labor and Population, and a faculty affiliate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on linkages between school and work across the life course, workforce development strategies and policies, and the transition to adulthood for disadvantaged populations. A core focus of his research is identifying the most effective policies and programs to improve career readiness for those facing economic and health challenges.
Bozick has 15 years of experience developing and testing survey instruments, analyzing survey data, and using longitudinal data to address issues in public policy, education, and workforce development. Currently, he is leading the design and collection of the California Socioeconomic Study, a three-year longitudinal survey of economically disadvantaged families in California receiving public benefits to understand their health and well-being. This survey is part of an evaluation of recent reforms in the state's welfare legislation for the California Department of Social Services, for which Bozick is the coprincipal investigator. In addition, Bozick is leading a multi-method study of industry-designed sub-baccalaureate credentialing programs to prepare workers for jobs in the emerging energy sector in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Texas for the National Science Foundation. Lastly, with support from the the Ford Foundation, the Sunshine Lady Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he is leading a randomized control trial of postsecondary education programs admininstered to inmates in correctional facilities in North Carolina and Michigan.
Gottfried, Michael, Robert Bozick, Ernest Rose, and Ravaris Moore, "Does Career and Technical Education Strengthen the STEM Pipeline? Comparing Youth with and without Disabilities," Journal of Disability Policy Studies (forthcoming)
Bozick, Robert, Trey Miller, and Matheu Kaneshiro, "Non-Citizen Mexican Youth in Higher Education: A Closer Look at the Relationship Between State Tuition Policies and College Enrollment," International Migration Review (forthcoming)
Gottfried, Michael and Robert Bozick, "The Influence of Applied STEM Coursework in High School on Choosing a STEM Major in College," Education Finance and Policy (forthcoming)
Bozick, Robert and Angela Estacion, "Do Student Loans Delay Marriage? Debt Repayment and Family Formation in Young Adulthood," Demographic Research, 30(1869):1891, 2014
Bozick, Robert and Trey Miller, "In-State College Tuition Policies for Undocumented Immigrants: Implications for High School Enrollment among Non-Citizen Mexican Youth," Population Research and Policy Review, 33:13-30, 2014
Bozick, Robert and Ben Dalton, "Balancing Career and Technical Education with Academic Coursework: The Consequences for Mathematics Achievement Over the Last Two Years of High School," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 35:123-138, 2013
Bozick, Robert and Stefanie DeLuca, "The Decision Not to Go to College: School, Work, and Opportunities in the Lives of American Youth," Social Science Research, 4(1249):1262, 2011
Bozick, Robert, "Job Opportunities, Economic Resources, and the Postsecondary Destinations of American Youth," Demography, 46:493-512, 2009