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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


    Professor Blau is a labor and population economist with research interests in the economics of aging and in the economics of the family. He has analyzed several aspects of retirement behavior, including the dynamics of retirement, joint retirement of married couples, the effect of health insurance on retirement, the effect of recent Social Security policy reforms on retirement, and the effects of pensions on saving and retirement. His research on the family includes many studies of the market for childcare, including the effect of the cost of childcare on labor force participation of mothers, the demand for and supply of quality in childcare, and the impact of childcare subsidies and regulations on childcare demand, employment, and welfare participation. His book, The Child Care Problem: An Economic Analysis, was published by the Russell Sage Foundation in 2001. He recently participated in a debate on the merits of universal versus targeted subsidies for preschool, published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management in 2022.

    He taught graduate labor economics, focusing on labor supply, including retirement, and the economics of the family. He also taught undergraduate intermediate microeconomics.