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CANNING, David James

David James Canning

Visiting Professor

Ph.D. Cambridge University

David James Canning
Contact Details
DID: 6601 3967
Office Location

469B Bukit Timah Road
Level 2, Li Ka Shing Building
Singapore 259771


Dr. David Canning is the Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences, and Professor of Economics and International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and is a visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore for the academic year 2015-2016. His research focuses on the effect of changes in age structure on aggregate economic activity, and the effect of changes in longevity on economic behavior and also explores health as a form of human capital and its effect on worker productivity. He has worked as a consultant to the World Bank, The Asian Development Bank, and the World Health Organization.

David James Canning - CV

Research Areas

  • Ageing
  • Demography and population
  • Health policy
  • Pensions and social security policy
  • Population
  • Quantitative Methods and Program Evaluation


  • Bloom, David E., David Canning and Gunther Fink, “Disease and Development Revisited,” Journal of Political Economy, 2014, 122(6), pp 1355-1366.
  • Bloom, David E., Michael J. Moore, and David Canning, “Optimal Retirement with Increasing Longevity,” Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2014, 116(3) pp 838–858.
  • Canning, David and Paul T. Schultz, “The Economic Consequences of Reproductive Health and Family Planning,” Lancet, 2012, 380(9837), pp 165-171. 
  • Canning, David, Abdur Razzaque, Julia Driessen, Damian G. Walker, Peter Kim Streatfield, and Mohammad Yunus, “The Effect of Maternal Tetanus Immunization on Children’s Schooling Attainment in Matlab, Bangladesh: Follow-up of a Randomized Trial,” Social Science and Medicine, 2011, 72(9) , pp 1429-1436.
  • Bärnighausen, Till, Jacob Bor, Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, and David Canning, “Correcting HIV Prevalence Estimates for Survey Non-Participation: an Application of Heckman-type Selection Models to the Zambian Demographic and Health Survey,” Epidemiology, 2011, 22(1), pp 27-35.
  • Bloom, David E., David Canning, Guenther Fink and Jocelyn Finlay, “Fertility, Female Labor Force Participation, and the Demographic Dividend,” Journal of Economic Growth, 2009, Vol. 14(2), pp 79-101. 
  • Bloom, David E., David Canning, Rick Mansfield and Michael Moore, “Demographic Change, Social Security Systems, and Savings,” Journal of Monetary Economics, 2007, Vol. 54(1), pp92-114.
  • Bloom, David E., David Canning and Jaypee Sevilla, “The Effect of Health on Economic Growth: A Production Function Approach,” World Development, 2004, Vol.32(1), pp1-13.
  • Bloom, David E., David Canning and Jaypee Sevilla, “Geography and Poverty Traps,” Journal of Economic Growth, 2003, Vol. 8(4), pp 355-378. 
  • Bloom, David E., David Canning and Jaypee Sevilla, The Demographic Dividend: A New Perspective on the Economic Consequences of Population Change, Population Matters Monograph MR-1274, RAND, Santa Monica, 2003.
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