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.

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.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Commentary

  • 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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