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David Knapp

David Knapp, Research Scientist University of Southern California

Workshop I: Challenges of an Aging Population: Retirement Gaps and Elder Care

Dr. David Knapp (He/Him) is a research scientist and labor economist at the Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) at the University of Southern California ( His research interests span a wide range of areas related to lifecycle decisionmaking including worker retention and retirement, retirement incentives in pensions, and aging and long-term care transitions. Within these areas, he focuses on the relationship between policy design and choices of individuals or households.

He is an MPI for the Gateway to Global Aging Data (, where he leads the Gateway’s Policy Explorer team, which collects historical policy information on public pensions, social assistance, health insurance, long-term care, and education. Dr. Knapp has used a range of methods, including quasi-experimental approaches and structural models in his studies.

Prior to CESR, Dr. Knapp was an economist at the RAND Corporation, where he also led studies on recruiting and other personnel issues related to the US military and federal civilian workforce. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan in 2014 and completed his undergraduate studies at the Ohio State University.