Robert Bozick

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Senior Demographer
Off Site Office


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 director of the Houston Population Research Center 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, "An Increasing Disinterest in Fatherhood Among Childless Men in the United States," Journal of Marriage and Family (forthcoming)

Matthew Baird, Robert Bozick, and Melanie Zaber, "Beyond Traditional Educational Credentials: The Labor Market Returns to Licenses and Certifications," IZA Journal of Labor Economics (forthcoming)

Robert Bozick, "Number of Sexual Partners and Serum Testosterone Levels in a Population-Based Sample of Unpartnered Heterosexual Men," Andrology (forthcoming)

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)