Robert Bozick

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Senior Demographer
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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 an adjunct senior demographer at the RAND Corporation. His research focuses on the effects of economic strain on demographic and educational outcomes, with a particular focus on linkages between school, work, and health across the life course. Bozick has 20 years of experience developing and testing survey instruments, 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. Bozick’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the California Department of Finance, the California Department of Social Services, the New York City Mayor’s Office, the Spencer Foundation, the Peterson Foundation, the ECMC Foundation, and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. His research has been featured in over 100 news outlets, including National Public Radio, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and U.S. News and World Report.   

Currently, Bozick is the principal investigator of the Greater Houston Community Panel and a senior fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University where he studies the determinants and consequences of demographic change in the City of Houston. Prior to his position at Rice, Bozick was the associate director of RAND Labor and Population and a faculty member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Previous Positions

Associate Director of RAND Labor and Population

Recent Projects

  • California Housing and Population Sample Enumeraion

Selected Publications

Robert Bozick, "The Utility of Self-Rated Health in Population Surveys: The Role of Bodyweight," Population Health Metrics (forthcoming)

Robert Bozick, Wendy Troxel, and Lynn Karoly, "Housing Insecurity and Sleep Among Welfare Recipients in California," Sleep (forthcoming)

Kate Strully, Robert Bozick, Ying Huang, and Lane Burgette, "Employer Verification Mandates and Infant Health," Population Research and Policy Review, 39, 2020

Robert Bozick, "The Effects of Hurricane Harvey on the Physical and Mental Health of Adults in Houston," Health & Place, 72, 2021

Robert Bozick, "Population Structure and Excess Mortality Among Young Men in the United States," Biodemography and Social Biology, 2021 (forthcoming)

Robert Bozick, "Age, Period, and Cohort Effects Contributing to the Great American Migration Slowdown," Demographic Research, 2021 (forthcoming)

Robert Bozick, "Is There Really a Sex Recession? Period and Cohort Effects on Sexual Inactivity Among American Men, 2006 – 2019," American Journal of Men's Health, 2021 (forthcoming)


  • High school students taking a computer class

    Getting Technical: Preparing High School Students for the Workforce America Needs

    Fields such as computers, engineering, and health care are expected to grow. Employers and policymakers have a vested interest in ensuring that America's high schoolers are ready to meet future employment needs. Access to high-quality career and technical education programs is key.

    Aug 25, 2016 The Hill

  • Workers working in a factory

    Back to Work: Middle-Skill Jobs in the STEM Economy

    The STEM economy will grow by 17 percent through 2018, with expected job vacancies totaling 2.4 million. Middle-skill STEM jobs—such as computer support specialists, web developers, and engineering technicians—are in the highest demand.

    Aug 24, 2016 The RAND Blog

  • Job seekers wait to enter a job fair in downtown Denver, Colorado, March 13, 2014

    Labor Day Blog Series: American Worker

    To celebrate Labor Day, the American Worker series of commentaries offers research, reflections, and policy insights on a variety of topics that affect American workers.

    Aug 22, 2016 The RAND Blog

  • Two college students sitting outside using a laptop

    Should Undocumented Immigrant Youth Pay In-State Tuition to Attend College?

    Undocumented children are entitled to free primary and secondary public education everywhere in the United States, regardless of their legal status. But when they finish high school, their options for college vary depending on the state in which they live.

    Jul 28, 2015 The RAND Blog

  • 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

  • Man proposing to a surprised woman with a ring

    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