Robert Bozick

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Sociologist; Faculty Affiliate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in sociology, Johns Hopkins University; M.A. in sociology, University of Maryland-College Park; B.A. in sociology, Ohio University


Robert Bozick is a sociologist based in RAND's Santa Monica office and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on the linkages between school and work over the life course, youth employment and youth labor markets, inequality in higher education, and the transition to adulthood for disadvantaged populations. A core focus of his research is identifying the most effective policies and programs to improve college and career readiness for those facing economic and health challenges. He recently completed a large, national study on the effectiveness of correctional education in reducing recidivism and improving employment outcomes for the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Bozick has 14 years of experience developing and testing survey instruments, analyzing complex survey data, and using longitudinal data to address issues in public policy, education, and youth development. He is currently the coprincipal investigator on a multi-method evaluation of recent reforms in California's welfare legislation (CalWORKs, SB 1041) for the California Department of Social Services. Additionally, he is a coprincipal investigator on a National Science Foundation-funded grant to study how career and technical education programs prepare youth with disabilities for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers.

Prior to RAND, Bozick was a research scientist at RTI International where he was the principal investigator on a multi-method study of career and technical education for the U.S. Department of Education and co-led the transcript data collection component of the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 for the National Center for Education Statistics.

Selected Publications

Bozick, Robert and Angela Estacion, "Do Student Loans Delay Marriage? Debt Repayment and Family Formation in Young Adulthood," Demographic Research, 2014 (forthcoming)

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

Dalton, Ben and Robert Bozick "Adding College-Ready Coursework to a Career-Ready Pathway: Implications for Dropping Out of High School," in Smerdon, Becky and Kathryn Borman, Pressing Forward: Increasing and Expanding Rigor and Relevance in America's High Schools, Information Age Publishing, 2012

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, Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, Susan Dauber, and Kerri Kerr, "Framing the Future: Revisiting the Role of Educational Expectations in Status Attainment," Social Forces, 88:2027-2052, 2010

Bozick, Robert, "Job Opportunities, Economic Resources, and the Postsecondary Destinations of American Youth," Demography, 46:493-512, 2009

Alexander, Karl, Robert Bozick, and Doris Entwisle, "Warming Up, Cooling Out, or Holding Steady?: Persistence and Change in Educational Expectations over the Years after High School," Sociology of Education, 81:371-396, 2008


  • Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, June 18, 2014

    With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare

    Between 70,000 and 90,000 unaccompanied children are expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border by year's end. Lost in an intensifying debate over U.S. immigration policy is the possibility that this wave will spill from shelters to schools. To best respond to this reality, policymakers and educators should consider what research says about educating migrant children.

    Jul 14, 2014 | The RAND Blog

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    Are Youth Putting Off Marriage Because of Their Student Loan Debt?

    Women with higher loan balances may be less likely to get married than their peers with lower or no loan balances. But as time goes on, young adults adjust to their post-college financial situation and eventually get promotions, earn raises, obtain other assets, and get married.

    Jun 26, 2014 | The RAND Blog

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    The Limits of Career and Technical Education in Improving Math Achievement among High School Students

    Students who had taken occupationally focused career and technical education (CTE) courses in addition to their regular academic courses had similar learning gains to those who had only taken academic courses: an academic curriculum that includes CTE courses neither bolstered nor curtailed the acquisition of math skills.

    Jun 19, 2013 | Policy Analysis for California Education