David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is one of 32 inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellows, the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced on April 22, 2015. Recipients of the new annual fellowship supporting scholars in the social sciences and humanities will receive up to $200,000 each, which will enable them to devote between one and two years to research and writing. The anticipated result of each fellowship is a book or major study.
Fellows were chosen from among more than 300 people nominated by leaders from universities, think tanks, publishing, independent scholars, and nonprofit organizations nationwide.
Bloom is an economist whose work focuses on health, demography, education, and labor. In recent years, he has written extensively on aging populations and on the links among health status, population dynamics, and economic growth.
In an interview with The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Bloom called the award “the greatest gift you can give an academic, which is time.”