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John Strauss

Economics, USC


John Strauss (Ph.D., Economics and Agricultural Economics, Michigan State
University, 1981) is a Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California.
Professor Strauss has over 30 years of research and survey experience in the
developing world, focusing in particular on health, nutrition and its interactions with
various aspects of economic development. His earlier work on nutrition and labor
productivity pioneered application of methods that can disentangle causality between
health and income and led to a large literature on this topic. He is Editor-in- Chief of one
of the major scientific journals in development economics, Economic Development and
Cultural Change, and in 2008 co-edited a major survey and syntheses of scientific
research in economic development, the Handbook of Development Economics, Volume
4, in which he has contributed a chapter (with Duncan Thomas) on “Health over the life
course” (he also contributed a chapter to Volume 3A of the Handbook of Development
Economics). He has been the PI of the NIH-funded Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS)
for waves 3, 4 and 5 (2000, 2007, 2014) and is one of three PIs of the NIH-funded
China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS), the first truly national,
publicly available, survey of the elderly in China. His previous positions include at
Michigan State University, RAND Corporation, Yale and the University of Virginia. He is
also affiliated with RAND Corporation and has an honorific professorship (Chang Jiang
Scholar) with the National School of Development at Peking University.