Professor Bound is an empirically oriented labor economist. Much of Bound's research has focused on the effect of health on the labor force behavior of older working-aged men and women with a focus on the effects of the U.S. Social Security Disability Program on the behavior and economic well being of working aged individuals. He has worked on the reliability and validity of survey measures of health and was an early contributor to the research showing disability declines among the elderly. In other work, Bound contributed to the evidence that an important influence on the demand for skilled labor within the U.S. is technological change. Much of his recent work has focused on education. In ongoing research Bound is studying the impact of high skilled immigration into the U.S. on U.S. competitiveness and on educational and labor force outcomes for U.S. natives. In addition, in collaboration with Arline Geronimus, he has written a significant number of papers on black-white differences in health outcomes. Along with his substantive work, Bound has made a number of methodological contributions, including influential work on weak instruments and on measurement error in survey data. He is an elected fellow of the Econometric Society and the Society for Labor Economists.
Bound, John, Michael Lovenheim and Sarah Turner, 2010, “Why Have College Completion Rates Declined? An Analysis of Changing Student Preparation and Collegiate Resources,” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2:129-57.
Bound, John, Todd Stinebrickner and Timothy Waidmann, 2010, “Health, Economic Resources and the Work Decisions of Older Men.” the Journal of Econometrics 156:106-129.
Bound, John, Brad Hersbein, and Bridget T. Long, 2009, “Playing the Admissions Game: StudentReactions to Increasing College Competition,” the Journal of Economic Perspectives, 23:119-46.
Bound, John and Sarah Turner, 2007. “Cohort Crowding: How Resources Effect Collegiate Attainment,”Journal of Pubic Economics. 91: 877-899.
Bound, John, Julie Cullen, Austin Nichols, and Lucie Schmidt, 2004. "The Welfare Implications of Changing Disability Insurance Benefit Generosity." Journal of Public Economics. 88:2487-2514.
Bound, John, Jeff Groen, Gabor Kezdi, and Sarah Turner, 2004 “Trade in University Training.” Journal of Econometics, 121:143-173.
Turner, Sarah, and John Bound, 2003, “Closing the Gap or Widening the Divide: The Effects of the G.I. Bill and World War II on the Educational Outcomes of Black Americans,.” Journal of Economic History 63:145-177..
Barsky, Robert, John Bound, Kerwin Charles and Joseph Lupton. 2002, “Accounting for the Black-White Wealth Gap: A Nonparametric Approach.” Journal of American Statistical Association 97:663-673.
Bound, John and Sarah Turner, 2002, “Going to War and Going to College: Did World War II and the G.I. Bill Increase Educational Attainment for Returning Veterans?” Journal of Labor Economics 20: 784-815.