Robert Bozick

Robert Bozick

Senior Demographer; Director, RAND Survey Panels

Robert Bozick is a senior demographer and research scientist at RAND. His research focuses on the effects of economic strain on labor force and education outcomes, with a particular focus on linkages between school, work, and health across the life course. Bozick has over 20 years of experience designing and administering surveys, analyzing survey data, and using longitudinal data to address public policy issues in education, labor, and population. He has particular expertise in the design and analysis of surveys administered to hard-to-study populations. His research has been featured in over 100 news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and NBC News. From 2014 to 2018 Bozick was the associate director of RAND Labor and Population, and from 2020 to 2022 Bozick was a Senior Fellow at Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research. He is currently on the editorial board of Population Research and Policy Review.

At present, Bozick is the director of RAND Survey Panels, which operates six probability-based internet panels whose members complete surveys on issues critical to policy makers. As part of this role, he is the Principal Investigator of the American Youth Panel and the American Parents Panel. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the American Youth Panel is a longitudinal panel following a nationally representative sample of approximately 4,000 12-21 year-olds. The American Parents Panel is a complementary longitudinal panel that surveys parents and guardians of 12-17 year-olds who participate in the American Youth Panel. 


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

Selected Work

  • Robert Bozick, Lane F. Burgette, Ethan Sharygin, Regina A. Shih, Beverly Weidmer, Michael Tzen, Aaron Kofner, Jennie E. Brand, and Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, "Evaluating the Accuracy of the 2020 Census Block Level Estimates in California," Demography, 60(6), 2023 (forthcoming)
  • Robert Bozick, "An Increasing Disinterest in Fatherhood Among Childless Men in the United States," Journal of Marriage and Family, 85(1), 2023
  • Matthew Baird, Robert Bozick, and Melanie Zaber, "Beyond Traditional Educational Credentials: The Labor Market Returns to Licenses and Certifications," IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 11(1), 2022
  • Robert Bozick, "The Effects of Hurricane Harvey on the Physical and Mental Health of Adults in Houston," Health & Place, 72(102697), 2021 (forthcoming)
  • Robert Bozick, "Population Structure and Excess Mortality Among Young Men in the United States," Biodemography and Social Biology, 67(1), 2022
  • Ashley Muchow and Robert Bozick, "Exploring the Role of Legal Status and Neighborhood Social Capital on Immigrant Economic Integration in Los Angeles," Demographic Research, 46(1), 2022
  • Robert Bozick, "Age, Period, and Cohort Effects Contributing to the Great American Migration Slowdown," Demographic Research, 45(42), 2021
  • Robert Bozick, "The Utility of Self-Rated Health in Population Surveys: The Role of Bodyweight," Population Health Metrics, 19(1), 2021

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