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Holly B. Cast

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Statistician
Holly is an expert in sample design, weighting, imputation, and statistical modeling.

Holly is a senior statistician for NORC at the University of Chicago. She has expertise in sample design, predictive modeling, statistical programming, and the weighting and imputation of complex survey data. She currently serves as a sampling statistician for the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), a large-scale, continuous, in-person, longitudinal survey of a representative national sample of the Medicare population. She contributes to sampling, weighting, and imputation on this project, as well as data analyses related to adaptive and responsive survey design, sample representativeness, and nonresponse bias. 

Holly has also contributed to the National Immunization Survey (NIS), the General Social Survey (GSS), the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth (NLSY79 and NLSY97), and the National Census of Victim Service Providers (NCVSP), as well as projects for the Georgia Institute of Technology, the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

As a research assistant at the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics, she facilitated field experiments related to financial incentives and charitable giving for Professor John List’s research team.

Holly’s work has been presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings, the International Conference on Establishment Statistics, and the American Association for Public Opinion Research. 



The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Certificate in Survey Research

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy


American University

Appointments & Affiliations

Membership and Chapter Relations Committee Member

AAPOR, 2018 - 2022

Project Contributions

Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS)

The most comprehensive source of data on Medicare spending and the evolving needs of beneficiaries


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

National Immunization Surveys (NIS)

One of the nation’s largest phone surveys and the gold standard for data on U.S. immunization rates


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997

A new, younger cohort of the nation’s preeminent survey of labor force participation from teen years to retirement


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The General Social Survey

The most rigorous, widely used data on the attitudes, opinions, and behaviors of the American public


The National Science Foundation