Kathryn Edwards

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Associate Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office

Education

Ph.D. in economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison; M.S. in economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison; B.A. in Economics, Government, English, University of Texas at Austin

Overview

Kathryn Anne Edwards is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research spans diverse areas of public policy, including the financial resources available to unemployed households, the role of Social Security in wealth inequality, the challenges in retirement facing older Americans, and the sources of health insurance for disabled workers. She has worked on projects for the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program and the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

Edwards completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. While a student, she was a National Institute of Aging Trainee at the Center for Demography and Human Ecology, a graduate fellow of the Institute for Research on Poverty, and a summer fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago through the Committee for the Study of Women in the Economics Profession.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Recent Projects

  • National Guard Youth Challenge: Metrics for Measuring Program Outcomes
  • Puerto Rico Economic & Disaster Recovery Plan: Integration & Analytic Support
  • Leaky Pipeline for Mid-Career Female STEM Doctorates
  • An Investigation of the Effect of Social Security Disability Insurance on the Health of Non-disabled Spouses
  • Compensation and Benefits for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Positions in the Private and Public Sectors

Commentary

  • Young woman saving for her education, photo by andresr/Getty Images

    Income Share Agreements: What's Risky, What's Promising, and What We Still Need to Know

    While policymakers debate options to address college affordability and the nation's mounting student loan debt, an alternative education financing model has been gaining ground in a handful of schools and state legislatures: the income share agreement. While terms vary from institution to institution, they are all based on the same premise: The more income a graduate makes, the more they will pay back.

    Jun 5, 2019 The RAND Blog

  • Top view of a young man with a stack of overdue bills

    What Keeps Millennials Awake at Night Could Change Over Time

    Millennials are less worried than baby boomers about national security topics and more worried about kitchen table issues, such as making ends meet each month and paying off debts. But this may have less to do with the fact that they are millennials and more to do with the fact that millennials are young.

    Jul 30, 2018 United Press International

  • A young woman holding pliers as she makes jewelry

    Why More Young Workers Are Relying on Financial Help from Parents

    As today's young adults grapple with a difficult job market, high tuition costs, and rapidly rising rents, parents are increasingly providing financial support and other forms of assistance.

    Aug 31, 2017 The RAND Blog

Publications

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