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Titus Galama

University of Southern California
Center for Economic and Social Research
12015 Waterfront Drive
Playa Vista, CA 90094-2536
Ph: +1 310 448 0351
Cell: +1 310 430 6358
Email: galama@usc.edu

Research interests:
Economic theory, education, human and health capital, aging, retirement behavior, labor markets, economic growth / development, competitiveness in S&T, the science and engineering workforce.

Awards, distinction and fellowship
• Independent Scientist (K02) award, National Institute on Aging (NIA): $870,000 (2012)
• Principal Investigator on NIA research grant (R01) aimed at improving understanding of disparities in health between socioeconomic status groups: $2,500,000 (2010)
• INSEAD Elmar Schulte Diversity Scholarship (2003)
• European Commission’s (Research Directorate General) Descartes Prize (2002)
• 'Vernieuwingsimpuls' Award: €800,000 awarded by the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) to start a research group at the University of Amsterdam; declined (2001)
• Christiaan Huygens Award: €9,000 awarded by the Minister of Education, Culture and Sciences on behalf of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences for the most outstanding thesis in astrophysics (2000)
• Fairchild Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship ($150,000). Accepted this position and declined two other prize fellowships: the Hubble and Chandra Prize Fellowships (each $150,000; 1999).
• Received Ph.D. degree in astrophysics with distinction (cum laude; top 2%, 1999)
• Received M.Sc. degree with distinction (cum laude; top 5%, 1995)

Important publications:
• I have authored five book chapters, and over 65 scientific publications in top scientific journals (e.g., six papers [on three of which I am first-author] in Nature). My publications are highly cited, I have a lifetime citation count off ~ 11,000 and my h-index is 45.
• http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=NJbz27cAAAAJ
• https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Titus_Galama/

Important peer-reviewed publications:

Galama, T.J., Kapteyn, A., Fonseca, R., Michaud, P.C., (2012), `A Health Production Model with Endogenous Retirement’, Health Economics, 22(8): pp. 883-902 DOI: 10.1002/hec.2865
• Galama, T.J., Hullegie, P., Meijer, E., Outcault, S. (2012), `Is there empirical evidence for decreasing returns to scale in a health capital model?’, Health Economics, 21(9): 1080-1100. DOI: 10.1002/hec.2843
• Galama, T.J. and Kapteyn, A. (2011) `Grossman's missing health threshold’, Journal of Health Economics, 30(5): 1044-1056. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2011.06.004
• Avendano, M. and Galama, T.J. (2011) `Inequalities in mortality in the US and Denmark: More alike than different. A commentary on Hoffman’, Social Science and Medicine, 73(11): 1569-1572. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.09.011
• Galama, T.J., Hosek, J., (2008) ‘U.S. competitiveness in science and technology’, RAND Monograph, MG674 (44 citations)
• Salmonson, J.D., Galama, T.J. (2002) `Discovery of a Tight Correlation between Pulse Lag/Luminosity and Jet-Break Times: A Connection between Gamma-Ray Bursts and Afterglow Properties, Astrophysical Journal, 569, 682-688 (63 citations)
• Galama, T.J. and Wijers, R. 2001, `High Column Densities and Low Extinctions of Gamma-Ray Bursts: Evidence for Hypernovae and Dust Destruction’, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 549, 209-213 (249 citations)
• Wijers, R. and Galama, T.J. 1999, ` Physical Parameters of GRB 970508 and GRB 971214 from Their Afterglow Synchrotron Emission’, Astrophysical Journal, 523, 177-186 (386 citations)
• Galama, T.J. et al. 1999, `The effect of magnetic fields on gamma-ray bursts inferred from multi-wavelength observations of the burst of 23 January 1999’, Nature, 398, 394-399 (210 citations)
• Galama, T.J. et al. 1998, `An unusual supernova in the error box of the gamma-ray burst of 25 April 1998’, Nature, 395, 670-672 (1571 citations)
• Galama, T.J. et al. 1997, `The decay of optical emission from the gamma-ray burst GRB 970228’, Nature, 387, 476-478 (138 citations)

Teaching and supervision:

2012: Taught a three-hour session on health-capital theory in Nobel Laureate J. Heckman’s graduate course on The Origins and Consequences of Inequality in Capabilities
2011 - current: PhD supervisor of Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS) student Abdul Tariq (endogenous growth)
2011 - current: Tutorial on optimal control theory and economic applications, RAND PRGS
2006 - current: Presented RAND project work on several occasions to PRGS students
2006 - current: Supervise(d) several junior RAND researchers and about ten PRGS graduate students on RAND project work
2003 - 2005: Supervised L.E.K. associates on project work
1998 - 1999: Supervised two graduate students at the University of Amsterdam (UoA)
1996 - 1999: Taught undergraduate lab courses in observational astrophysics, UoA
1998: Lectured on Gamma-Ray Bursts in high-energy astrophysics undergraduate lecture series, UoA
1994 - 1995: Taught mathematics and physics at prestigious high school `Het Luzac College', Amsterdam
1993: Taught class on special relativity and classical mechanics, UoA

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