Kathryn Edwards

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Associate Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


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


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.

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.

She has previously worked at the Economic Policy Institute and while there, authored a short textbook, The Young Person’s Guide to Social Security for the National Academy of Social Insurance, of which she is a member.

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