Linda G. Martin

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Ph.D. in economics, M.P.A. in public affairs, Princeton University; A.B. in mathematics, Harvard University

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Linda Martin is a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation. For 35 years, she has conducted research on population aging in the United States and Asia. Her work has ranged from the labor force consequences of aging to the living arrangements of older people and, most recently, to trends in their health. Martin has served as a scholar-in-residence at the Institute of Medicine, president of the Population Council, vice president of the RAND Corporation, director of the National Research Council's Committee on Population, and research associate at the East–West Center in Honolulu. Martin received her M.P.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and her A.B. in mathematics from Harvard University.

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Previous Positions

Scholar-in-Residence, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies; President, Population Council; Vice President, Office of Research Development, and Vice President, Domestic Research Division, RAND Corporation

Recent Projects

  • Disparities in and explanations for late-life health trends in the United States
  • Aging and health in Asia

Selected Publications

HwaJung Choi, Robert F. Schoeni, Linda G. Martin, and Kenneth M. Langa, "Trends in the prevalence and disparity in cognitive limitations of Americans 51-69 years," Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 73(Supp. 1), 2018

Linda G. Martin, Zachary Zimmer, and Jinkook Lee, "Foundations of activity of daily living trajectories of older Americans," Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 72(1), 2017

HwaJung Choi, Robert F. Schoeni, and Linda G. Martin, "Are functional and activity limitations becoming more prevalent among 55 to 69-year-olds in the United States?" PLoSOne, 11(10), 2016

Linda G. Martin, Qiushi Feng, Yi Zeng, and Robert F. Schoeni, "Trends in functional and activity limitations among Chinese oldest-old, 1998 to 2008," Population and Development Review, 40(3), 2014

Zachary Zimmer, Linda G. Martin, Daniel S. Nagin, and Bobby L. Jones, "Modeling disability trajectories and mortality of the oldest old in China," Demography, 49(1), 2012

Linda G. Martin, Robert F. Schoeni, Patricia M. Andreski, and Carol Jagger, "Trends and inequalities in late-life health and functioning in England," Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 66, 2012

Linda G. Martin, Zachary Zimmer, and Baai-Shyun Hurng, "Trends in late-life disability in Taiwan: The roles of education, environment, and technology," Population Studies, 65(3), 2011

Linda G. Martin, Vicki A. Freedman, Patricia M. Andreski, and Robert F. Schoeni, "Recent trends in disability and related chronic conditions among people ages 50 to 64," Health Affairs, 29(4), 2010

Honors & Awards

  • Doctor of Public Policy (honorary), Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Marlboro College
  • Fellow (elected), American Association for the Advancement of Science


  • Redefining 'Old Age': 60 Is the New 40

    China's population is aging quickly.To address the issue, there are basically two options: try to slow it down; develop policies and programs to deal with whatever negative consequences there might be, writes Linda G. Martin.

    Apr 27, 2009 Shanghai Daily