David Knapp

Research Scientist (Staff)
Pronouns He / Him / His Email dmknapp@usc.edu Office Phone (213) 821-8911


I am a labor economist at USC Dornsife’s Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR). My research interests span a wide range of areas related to lifecycle decisionmaking including worker retention and retirement, retirement incentives in pensions, and aging and long-term care transitions. Within these areas, I focus on the relationship between policy design and choices of individuals or households. I use a range of methods, including quasi-experimental approaches and structural models in my studies. I received my Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan in 2014 and completed my undergraduate studies at the Ohio State University.


  • Ph.D. Economics, University of Michigan, 2014
  • M.A. Economics, University of Michigan, 2009
  • Other Employment

    • Economist, RAND Corporation, 2014-2020