Michael D. Hurd

Co-Investigator, Health and Retirement Study

Contact Information

1766 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401-3208

Phone: 310.393.0411 x6945
Email: mhurd@rand.org


B.S., University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
M.S. and Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, CA

Research and Projects

Dr. Hurd's research interests cover a wide range of topics in the economics of aging including: the structure of private pensions and Social Security and their effects on retirement decisions; the economic status of the elderly; the determinants of consumption and saving; the use of health care services; methods of assessing uncertainty in a population; bracketing and anchoring effects in the elicitation of economic information; and the relationship between socioeconomic status and mortality. Dr. Hurd's most recent research focuses on the monetary costs of dementia, and the costs of long-term care.

Selected Recent Publications

Bissonnette, L., Hurd, M. D., & Michaud, P. C. (in press). Individual survival curves comparing subjective and observed mortality risks. Health Economics.

Michaud, P. C., Crimmins, E. M., & Hurd, M. D. (2016). The effect of job loss on health: Evidence from biomarkers. Labour Economics, 41, 194-203.

Gan, L., Gong, G., Hurd, M., & McFadden, D. (2015). Subjective mortality risk and bequests. Journal of Econometrics, 188(2), 514-525.

Friedman, E. M., Shih, R. A., Langa, K. M., & Hurd, M. D. (2015). US prevalence and predictors of informal caregiving for dementia. Health Affairs, 34(10), 1637-1641.

Hurd, M. D., Michaud, P. C., & Rohwedder, S. (2013). The lifetime risk of nursing home use. In Discoveries in the Economics of Aging (pp. 81-109). University of Chicago Press.

Hurd, M. D., Martorell, P., Delavande, A., Mullen, K. J., & Langa, K. M. (2013). Monetary costs of dementia in the United States. New England Journal of Medicine, 368(14), 1326-1334.