Timothy A. Waidmann
Timothy A. Waidmann, Ph.D., is currently a Senior Fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Prior to joining the Urban Institute, Dr, Waidmann was a National Institute on Aging Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Waidmann was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health Policy and Administration in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Waidmann’s research has focused on the economics and demography of health, disability, and retirement. In recent work he has focused on potential reforms in the Medicare program, and approaches to controlling the growth rate of health care spending more generally. He has collaborated on several projects examining the impact of deteriorating health on the retirement decisions of older adults. Much of this work examines race and socioeconomic differences in health and retirement behavior. Dr. Waidmann has also done research in the welfare economics of social insurance and on the effects of government social insurance programs on labor force behavior and health care utilization. In addition, Dr. Waidmann has collaborated on a project studying the health characteristics of young adults in impoverished areas and the effect of poor health on fertility timing decisions.