Philip Armour

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Associate Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in economics, Cornell University; M.Sc. in econometrics, London School of Economics; M.A. in economics, Cornell University; B.A. in economics/literature/mathematics, Pomona College

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Philip Armour is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research spans diverse areas of public policy, including the roles information can play in the Social Security system, employment responses to incentives in the U.S. disability system, how families mix work with food stamp receipt, and definitional issues in measuring trends in income inequality. His work has employed techniques ranging from laboratory and field experiments to reduced form policy analysis to structural econometric methods. For his dissertation, Armour explored the effect of the Social Security statement's introduction on disability insurance application behavior as well as the labor supply of workers approaching retirement. He also has worked as a summer associate for the Congressional Budget Office, a research associate for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and a research assistant for a European Commission research agenda on social entrepreneurship in the EU. He earned an M.Sc. in econometrics from the London School of Economics and his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University.


  • Social Security Disability claim form, pen, calculator

    Addressing SSDI's Looming Insolvency

    Social Security Disability Insurance will be unable to cover 20 percent of its scheduled benefit obligations beginning in 2016. The lack of an evidentiary base to guide policy has been one of the major impediments to the consideration of changes that could modernize the program without jeopardizing its essential safety net function.

    Nov 12, 2014 The RAND Blog