Arie Kapteyn

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Adjunct Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in economics, Leiden University; M.A. in econometrics, Erasmus University Rotterdam; M.A. and B.A. in agricultural economics, State Agricultural University Wageningen


Arie Kapteyn is an adjunct senior economist at the RAND Corporation, former director of RAND Labor and Population, and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Kapteyn is also associate director of the Financial Literacy Center, a joint center of RAND, Dartmouth College, and the Wharton School. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, past president of the European Society for Population Economics, and corresponding member of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. Before joining RAND, Kapteyn held a chair in econometrics at Tilburg University, where he served the university in numerous capacities, including dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; founder and director of CentER (a research institute and graduate school) and of CentERdata (a survey research institute); and director of CentER Applied Research (a contract research institute). He has held visiting positions at several universities, including Princeton University, the California Institute of Technology, Australian National University, the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and the University of Bristol. Kapteyn's research expertise covers microeconomics, public finance, and econometrics. His primary appointment is at the University of Southern California.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Director of the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research

Recent Projects

  • Internet interviewing and the Health and Retirement Study
  • Health and economic determinants of retirement
  • Financial decision making
  • American Life Panel

Selected Publications

Erik Meijer, Arie Kapteyn, Tatiana Andreyeva, "Internationally Comparable Health Indices," Health Economics, 20(5):600-619, 2011

Peter Kuhn, Peter Kooreman, Adriaan Soetevent, Arie Kapteyn, "The Effects of Lottery Prizes on Winners and Their Neighbors: Evidence from the Dutch Postcode Lottery," American Economic Review, 101(5):2226-2247, 2011

Arie Kapteyn, "What Can We Learn from (and about) Global Aging?" Demography, 47(S1):S191-S209, 2010

Matthias Schonlau, Arthur van Soest, Arie Kapteyn, Mick Couper, "Selection Bias in Web Surveys and the Use of Propensity Scores," Sociological Methods & Research, 37(3):291-318, 2009

Arie Kapteyn, James P. Smith, Arthur van Soest, "Dynamics of Work Disability and Pain," Journal of Health Economics, 27(2):496-509, 2008

Arie Kapteyn, Jelmer Ypma, "Measurement Error and Misclassification: A Comparison of Survey and Administrative Data," Journal of Labor Economics, 25:513-551, 2007

Mick Couper, Arie Kapteyn, Matthias Schonlau, Joachim Winter, "Noncoverage and Nonresponse in an Internet Survey," Social Science Research, 36(1):131-148, 2007

Arie Kapteyn, Klaas de Vos "Simulation of Pension Reforms in The Netherlands," in Jonathan Gruber, David A. Wise, eds., Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World: Fiscal Implications of Reform, University of Chicago Press, 2007