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Austin Nichols, Ph.D.

Principal Associate, Social & Economic Policy

Austin Nichols, Ph.D. Austin Nichols, Ph.D.
Austin Nichols is a public finance expert who focuses on economic mobility. He has explored child poverty, income volatility and inequality, labor market interventions, disability and unemployment insurance, and other social programs.

Nichols’ specialties include applied econometrics, labor economics, education, demography, taxation, and social insurance.

His recent publications describe changes in social insurance programs and tax expenditures, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Disability Insurance, and Unemployment Insurance systems. He recently developed a local area population projection tool to help local governments plan for the future budgetary consequences of population change.

Prior to joining Abt, Nichols was a senior research director at the DeBruce Foundation’s research institute. From 2009–2014, he served as senior research associate at the Urban Institute’s Income and Benefits Policy Center.

Nichols holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.