Kevin Hollenbeck

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Kevin Hollenbeck (PhD, Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an independent economic consultant, specializing in evaluations of and estimation of return on investment to education, disability, and workforce development policies. He is currently working on a project to estimate the return on investment to employers of apprenticeships and on a policy paper advocating an employability intervention for youth receiving Supplemental Security Income. Recently completed projects include a four-year evaluation of the Kansas City Scholars (KCS) program, an endowed scholarship program for low- and middle-income families. Dr. Hollenbeck also recently co-edited a special edition of the Journal of Rehabilitation Administration on the return on investment to vocational rehabilitation programs. Other recently completed projects include a study of occupational disease claims and an evaluation of claim resolution structured settlement agreements within the Washington workers compensation program. He used administrative data to estimate the employment, earnings, and return on investment impacts of workforce development programs in Washington, Indiana, and Virginia. He wrote policy papers with ideas for ameliorating employment issues of opportunity youth and for facilitating the return to work of workers who experienced significant injury or illness. Dr. Hollenbeck has authored dozens of research reports and published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He retired from the Upjohn Institute at the end of 2016, where he served as vice president. Prior professional experiences include The Ohio State University and Mathematica Policy Research. Outside of his career, Dr. Hollenbeck has had extensive experience in advisory or governance roles of programs aimed at the education or employment of youth. Dr. Hollenbeck authored the chapter “Demonstration Evidence of Early Intervention Policies and Practices” and presented it at Lessons from SSA Demonstrations: A State of the Science Meeting.

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