Titus Galama, Associate Professor of Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, is an award-winning astrophysicist who turned to business and management, then to policy analysis and economics. Dr. Galama holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Amsterdam (1999), an MBA from INSEAD, France/Singapore (2003), and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Tilburg (2011). In economics, he focuses on understanding the substantial disparities in health by socioeconomic status, utilizing economic principles. Recently he has turned his attention to integrating genetics into such studies and was awarded a VIDI grant by the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) and a National Institute of Aging (NIA) research grant (R01) in this area. Both projects focus on identifying modifiable aspects of environments that may protect against genetic risk.
List of publications
Bierut, L., Biroli, P., Galama, TitusJ. and Thom, K. (2023). Challenges in studying the interplay of genes and environment. A study of childhood financial distress moderating genetic predisposition for peak smoking Journal of Economic Psychology, 98(October):1--14.
Fonseca, R., Michaud, P.C., Galama, T. and Kapteyn, A. (2021). Accounting for the Rise of Health Spending and Longevity Journal of the European Economic Association, 19(1):536--579.
Galama, TitusJ. and van Kippersluis, H. (2019). A theory of socio-economic disparities in health over the life cycle Economic Journal, 129(617):338--374.
van Kippersluis, H. and Galama, TitusJ. (2014). Wealth and health behavior: Testing the concept of a health cost European Economic Review, 72:197--220.
Galama, T., Kapteyn, A., Fonseca, R. and Michaud, P.C. (2013). A health production model with endogenous retirement Health Economics, 22(8):883--902.
Galama, TitusJ., Hullegie, P., Meijer, E. and Outcault, S. (2012). IS THERE EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE FOR DECREASING RETURNS TO SCALE IN A HEALTH CAPITAL MODEL?: EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE FOR DECREASING RETURNS IN HEALTH CAPITAL MODEL Health Economics, :.
Galama, T.J. and Kapteyn, A. (2011). Grossman's Missing Health Threshold Journal of Health Economics, 30(5):1044--1056.