RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Development Microeconomics, Economic Demography, Health Economics
My research interests lie in areas of intersection between empirical microeconomics, biology, and family demography. One broad theme in my research is the long reach of health and human capital consequences of events in early life; another is the function of the extended family as an economic institution. More recently, I have been developing interests around the development of, and economic returns to, nontraditional forms of human capital such as executive functioning and self-regulation. Amar Hamoudi completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Economics at UCLA in 2007. His dissertation research focused on the ways that families organize their living arrangements. The central chapter of the dissertation explored the relationship between living arrangements and economic preferences. It reports empirical patterns which would be predicted by an economic model in which one of the factors affecting the family’s living arrangements is its motivation to diversify spatially-defined economic risk, but in which the family’s ability to share risk is constrained by each member’s incentives to play his or her appointed role in any risk sharing scheme. In the process of completing his dissertation, Amar was involved in the design and implementation of a pilot study aimed at measuring several domains of economic preferences in a population-representative sample of two Mexican states. Prior to his doctoral studies, Amar completed a Masters’ Degree in International Development at Harvard’s Kennedy School, where he was involved in data collection and analysis in a cost-effectiveness study of Botswana’s national HIV treatment program.