David R. Weir

Research Professor, SRC-HRS
David R. Weir

BIO

David Weir's research interests include the measurement of health-related quality of life; the use of cost-effectiveness measures in health policy and medical decision-making; the role of supplemental health insurance in the Medicare population; the effects of health, gender, and marital status on economic well-being in retirement; and the effects of early-life experience on longevity and health at older ages. He also directs the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and, in this role, leads the organization in combining its traditional excellence as a longitudinal survey with direct biological measures of health, genetics, linked medical and long-term care records from the Medicare system, and enriched psychological measurement. His research increasingly includes comparative analyses from the international family of HRS studies that now cover more than half the world's population.