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Jacob A. Klerman
Principal Associate/Scientist, Social & Economic Policy
Jacob A. Klerman
Jacob A. Klerman is a widely respected economist with more than 25 years experience in social policy research. An expert in both experimental (i.e., random assignment) and quasi-experimental evaluation of social programs, Klerman is Co-Director of the Abt Center for Evaluation Methods, the founder and Co-Director of Abt’s internal seminar (the Journal Author Support Group), and one of Abt’s five Senior Fellows. Prior to coming to Abt in 2007, he was a Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation and Director of RAND's Center for the Study of Social Welfare Policy.
His research has focused on social welfare policy (including AFDC/TANF, SNAP, Medicaid, housing assistance, and Unemployment Insurance), labor markets (including job training, maternity leave, and worker safety), nutrition policy (including SNAP and several child nutrition programs), military manpower, data quality issues, and applied econometrics. He has led projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, as well as state and local governments and foundations.
Klerman has published widely in academic journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Human Resources, and Journal of Labor Economics. Formerly, he was also a professor in the Pardee RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies, where he won the Huddleson Teaching Award and Chair of the U.S. Census Bureau's Advisory Committee of Professional Associations.
Klerman received a B.S. in Economics-Applied Mathematics from Brown University and his M.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.