Subject Areas: Labor Economics, Public Economics, Public Policy Analysis, Social Policy
Ken Couch received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin. His research interests include a wide ranging set of topics dealing with disadvantaged groups in society and the labor market and public policies designed to assist them. He has written extensively about the experiences of workers who experience layoff, groups who are historically discriminated against in the labor market, and evaluated the effects of many different public programs such as workfare and Social Security. Professor Couch’s work has been supported by the Sloan Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, AARP, NIH/NIA, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration. Professor Couch is former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM). JPAM is the journal of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
Education: Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1992
Courses Taught: Causal Evaluation, Labor Economics (undergraduate and PhD)
Research Interests: Economic Mobility, Job Displacement, Minimum Wages, Inequality, Employment Training, Program Evaluation, Life Course Events, Social Security
“A Randomized Assessment of Online Learning”. American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 106 (5): 378-382. 2016. William Alpert, Kenneth A. Couch, and Oskar Harmon.
“Racial Difference in Labor Market Transitions During the Great Recession.” Forthcoming, Research in Labor Economics. 2016. Kenneth A. Couch, Robert Fairlie, and Huanan Xu.
“The Distributional Impact of Social Security Policy Options: An Analysis of Divorced and Widowed Women.” Forthcoming, Research on Aging. 2016. Kenneth A. Couch, Gayle L. Reznik, Christopher R. Tamborini, and Howard M. Iams.
Lifecycle Events and Economic Security: The Roles of Job Loss, Disability and Changing Family Structure. 2013. Eds. Kenneth A. Couch, Mary Daly, and Julie Zissimopoulos. Stanford University Press.
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