Erik Meijer

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Ph.D. in social sciences, Leiden University; M.A. in econometrics, University of Groningen


Erik Meijer is an economist at the RAND Corporation. Before joining RAND, he was an assistant professor of econometrics at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. His primary expertise is econometric modeling. Much of his current work relates to the economics of aging, including related topics such as health, saving and investment, retirement, and social security. Recent work includes building a model for portfolio choice based on subjective expectations, the RAND presidential election poll, the returns to scale in a health investment model, the measurement of earnings, health, and financial literacy, and estimating eligibility for a low income subsidy for Medicare Part D. In addition, he has worked on a variety of other topics in economics, econometrics, psychometrics, and statistics, e.g., preference heterogeneity and individual choices in labor supply, housing demand, and travel demand, bias correction and variance estimation in clustered samples, sample selectivity, sampling design, and data quality.

Recent Projects

  • From Understanding to Reducing Health Disparities- A Model-Based Evaluation
  • Robust Integration Modeling of Health, Wealth, and Disability
  • Investment Decisions in Retirement- the role of expectations, health risk and pension benefits
  • Financial Literacy, Retirement Savings Management, and Decumulation

Selected Publications

Galama, T. J., Hullegie, P., Meijer, E., & Outcault, S., "Is there empirical evidence for decreasing returns to scale in a health capital model?" Health Economics, 21:1080-1100, 2012

Meijer, E., Rohwedder, S., & Wansbeek, T., "Measurement error in earnings data: Using a mixture model approach to combine survey and register data," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, 30:191-201, 2012

Meijer, E.. Kapteyn, A., & Andreyeva, T., "Internationally comparable health indices," Health Economics, 20:600-619, 2011

Meijer, E., Karoly, L. A., & Michaud, P.-C., "Using matched survey and administrative data to estimate eligibility for the Medicare Part D low-income subsidy program," Social Security Bulletin, 70(2):63-82, 2010

Hung, A. A., Meijer, E., Mihaly, K., & Yoong, J., Building up, spending down: financial literacy, retirement savings management, and decumulation, RAND Corporation (WR-712), 2009

Meijer, E., & Wansbeek, T., "The sample selection model from a method of moments perspective," Econometric Reviews, 26:25-51, 2007

Meijer, E., & Rouwendal, J., "Measuring welfare effects in models with random coefficients," Journal of Applied Econometrics, 21:227-244, 2006

Rouwendal, J., & Meijer, E., "Preferences for housing, jobs, and commuting: A mixed logit analysis," Journal of Regional Science, 41:475-505, 2001