Titus Galama

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Economist (Adjunct)
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Ph.D. in economics, Tilburg University; Ph.D. and M.Sc. in physics, University of Amsterdam; M.B.A., INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

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Titus Galama is an adjunct economist at the RAND Corporation. Galama's recent work has included studies of health and retirement behavior, labor markets, technology-based economic development, education, and the science and engineering workforce. He has developed a theoretical framework for understanding disparities in health by socioeconomic status and an analytic human capital model to investigate the economics of health and retirement. He is coauthor (with James Hosek) of U.S. Competitiveness in Science and Technology (2008), a report that documents recent RAND research for the U.S. Department of Defense regarding the potential threat to U.S. competitiveness of the significant rise of other innovation-oriented nations (e.g., China) and perceived disinvestment at home. Galama has also initiated and led a RAND study on the key success factors of the world's Top 20 universities. At the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Galama was a Fairchild Postdoctoral Prize Fellow. Galama received his Ph.D. in physics (1999) from the University of Amsterdam, an M.B.A. (2003) from INSEAD (France/Singapore) and a Ph.D. in economics (2011) from the University of Tilburg.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Visiting Professor, Economics of Human Capital, School of Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Previous Positions

Senior Consultant, L.E.K. Consulting; Fairchild Postdoctoral Prize Fellow, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Recent Projects

  • Joint investment in human capital, health and longevity: a theory of education and health
  • A theory of disparities in health by socioeconomic status
  • A stylized structural model of health, wealth accumulation, and retirement decisions
  • The condition of U.S. competitiveness in science and technology and the U.S. science and engineering workforce
  • The development of Qatar's Education for a New Era school finance system

Selected Publications

Galama, T.J., Kapteyn, A., Fonseca, R., Michaud, P.C., "A health production model with endogenous retirement," Health Economics, 2012

Titus Galama and Arie Kapteyn, "Grossman's missing health threshold," Journal of Health Economics, 30(5):1044-1056, 2011

Galama, T.J. and van Kippersluis, H., A theory of socioeconomic disparities in health over the life cycle, RAND Corporation (WR-773), 2010

Fonseca, R., Michaud, P.C., Galama, T.J. and Kapteyn, A., On the rise of health spending and longevity, RAND Corporation (WR-722), 2009

Titus Galama, James Hosek, U.S. Competitiveness in Science and Technology, RAND (MG-674), 2008

Galama, T.J. and Hosek, J., Perspectives on U.S. Competitiveness in Science and Technology, RAND Corporation (CF-235), 2007

Galama, T.J., Europe in pursuit of excellence, RAND Corporation (RB-9203-RE), 2006

Galama, T.J. and Frinking, E., "Making Europe a home fit for the next Einstein," Financial Times, (2), 2006

Honors & Awards

  • Independent Scientist Award (K02), to investigate the causal relation between schooling, health and longevity: $850,000 (2012), National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • Principal Investigator on research grant (R01) aimed at improving our understanding of disparities in health between socioeconomic status groups: $ 2,500,000 (2010), National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • Christiaan Huygens Award for the most outstanding thesis in astrophysics (2000), Minister of Education, Culture and Sciences on behalf of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: BBC World, CNBC-TV, Reuters

Commentary: Financial Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette