Philip Armour

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Senior Economist; Professor of Policy Analysis and Director of Research, Analysis, & Design, 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 (he/his) is an economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. As an empirical labor economist, he relies on variation in labor market trends and public policy to uncover how individuals perceive eligibility for and generosity of government benefits, how workers adapt to changing health, how households and individuals make financial decisions, and how and when workers stop working. At RAND, he has worked at the intersection of labor market outcomes, financial well-being, and health conditions, and the implications for public program design, including those administered by the Department of Defense, the VA, and the Social Security Administration. His research has been published in academic journals, policy briefs, and RAND reports, and has been funded by various government agencies, including the Social Security Administration, the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the National Institute on Aging, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of Labor. 

Armour earned a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University and an M.Sc. in econometrics from the London School of Economics, and he currently teaches courses in general equilibrium and public finance at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He also is the director for the Research, Analysis, and Design Stream at Pardee RAND.

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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