Moshe Buchinsky

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Moshe Buchinsky
University of California, Los Ángeles (UCLA) US

Moshe Buchinsky is a Professor in the Department of Economics at UCLA. He serves as Vice-Chair for Graduate Studies. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, CREST-INSEE (France), and RAND. He is also a Research Associate and Member of the Executive Board of the California Center for Population Research at UCLA.

Before arriving at UCLA, he was on the faculty at the University of Chicago, Yale University, and Brown University. He has taught at Harvard University as a visiting professor.

His research focuses on Labor Economics and Econometrics, concentrating on the estimation of dynamic models of human behavior. Buchinsky served on the editorial board of several journals including Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, and the Journal of Applied Econometrics.

He currently serves as an Editor of the Journal of Labor Economics, and he is on the editorial board of Quantitative Economics. He obtained his undergraduate and MA degrees in Economics and Statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He obtained his PhD degree in Economics from Harvard University in 1991.

Research stay at UC3M: DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS

Project:

Few measures of health status are as ubiquitous in social science surveys around the world as the global self-reported health question. Almost all surveys include some form of a question in which respondents are typically asked to rate their health on a five-point scale from excellent to poor. Despite its widespread usage, we understand little about the process individuals use when answering such questions, since respondents are free to interpret the question in any way they like, prioritize those health domains they deem most relevant, or evaluate their health relative to a particular point in time or group of peers. A crucial key question that remained largely unanswered is therefore: “What does self-reported health really measure?” The goal of the research is to better understand what do self-reported health measures, and what changes in self-reported health reflect. We use over thirty years of data from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).

Stay period: JAN 2014 - JUN 2014 

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