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Christopher J. Ruhm is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs of Research on Health Economics, Health Care Policy, and Children. He is also Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Virginia (UVA) and is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany.

Ruhm received his doctorate in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984. Prior to joining UVA's faculty in 2010, he held positions at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Boston University, and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Brandeis University. During the 1996-7 academic year, Ruhm served as Senior Economist on President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers, where his main responsibilities were in the areas of health policy, aging, and labor market issues.

Ruhm is co-author of Turbulence in the American Workplace (published by Oxford University Press) and Time Out with Baby: The Case for Paid Parental Leave (which is to be published by Zero to Three). He is currently associate editor of the Southern Economic JournalJournal of Population Economics, and International Journal of Information Security and Privacy and is a steering committee member of the Southeastern Health Economics Study Group. From 2009-11, he served as Vice President of the Southern Economic Association.

Ruhm lives with his artist wife, Maryanna Williams, and two children in a beautiful country home just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. In his spare time he enjoys biking, hiking, and taking on the almost impossible challenge of learning to play the piano as an adult.

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