Erik Meijer

Adjunct Economist
Santa Monica Office


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


Erik Meijer is an adjunct economist at RAND. Much of his current research is in the economics of aging: Social Security, retirement, saving, investment, and health. Recent and ongoing work includes studying the effects of individual beliefs about stock market returns on retirement wealth, the effects of retirement on cognitive decline, and the relationships between job characteristics and retirement. He has also been one of the leading investigators of the successful RAND Continuous 2012 Presidential Election Poll. An important area of Erik's research and development is data collection, data dissemination, and data quality. He was trained in both econometrics and psychometrics, and a significant body of his research is devoted to developing the intersection of these fields, especially applying psychometric measurement models to economic problems. In addition, he has worked on a variety of other topics in economics, econometrics, psychometrics, and statistics, such as preference heterogeneity and individual choices in labor supply, housing demand, and travel demand, bias correction and variance estimation in clustered samples, sample selectivity, central bank independence, and money supply. Erik is also an economist at the Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California (USC).

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Senior Economist, Center for Economic and Social Research, USC

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

Angrisani, M., Hurd, M. D., Meijer, E., Parker, A. M., & Rohwedder, S., "Personality and employment transitions at older ages: Direct and indirect effects through non-monetary job characteristics," Labour, 31:127-152, 2017

Meijer, E., & Karoly, L. A, "Representativeness of the low-income population in the Health and Retirement Study," Journal of the Economics of Ageing, 9:90-99, 2017

Gutsche, T. L., Kapteyn, A., Meijer, E., & Weerman, B., "The RAND Continuous 2012 Presidential Election Poll," Public Opinion Quarterly, 78:233-254, 2014

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

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