Philip Armour

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Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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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 economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His primary research interests are in disability, retirement, trends in income inequality, public program and tax design, and the intersections of behavioral economics with public policy. At RAND, he has worked at the intersection of labor market outcomes and health conditions across a range of settings, from DoD and VA programs to disability discrimination laws to Workers' Compensation and other civilian disability programs.

Armour's work has employed techniques ranging from laboratory and field experiments to reduced form policy analysis to structural econometric methods. For his dissertation, he 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.

Armour earned an M.Sc. in econometrics from the London School of Economics and his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University.

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  • 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