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  Department of Economics Faculty - David Blau


    David Blau

    Department of Economics
    The Ohio State University
    445 Arps Hall, 1945 N. High St.
    Columbus, OH 43210
    Phone: (614) 292-2009, Fax: (614) 292-3906


    David Blau is a labor and population economist with research interests in aging and children. Blau’s aging research focuses on the dynamics of employment behavior of individuals and couples at older ages. His recent research examines links between saving and retirement decisions, trends in the timing of retirement, and the impact of labor market rigidities on employment behavior at older ages. He was the founding director of the NIA-funded Demography and Economics of Aging Research program at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina from 2000 to 2007.  Blau’s child care research has examined the impact of the cost of child care on women’s labor force participation, mode of care, and fertility. More recently he has analyzed the determinants and consequences of the quality of child care, and the impact of child care subsidies and regulations on employment and welfare participation. His book, The Child Care Problem: An Economic Analysis, was published by the Russell Sage Foundation in 2001. His current research on children analyzes the demographic, economic, and policy determinants of the family structure experiences of children, and the impact of family structure and parental time allocation on child outcomes.