Robert Moffitt

Johns Hopkins University

Robert Moffitt (PhD, Economics, Brown University) is Krieger-Eisenhower professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University and holds a joint appointment with the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Moffitt's research is on the economics of poverty and welfare programs and the economics of the labor market relating to the low-income population in the U.S. He has published research articles on all major U.S. welfare programs, has written surveys of their research literatures, and has edited volumes of papers summarizing those programs. Dr. Moffit has also published research on the labor supply and family structure effects of social insurance programs, including Social Security, unemployment insurance, and disability insurance, as well as of the U.S. income tax system. He served on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Reducing Child Poverty in the U.S. by 50 Percent in Ten Years whose Report was released in March 2019. He is a research affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty as well as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Moffitt has served as chief editor of the American Economic Review, co-editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, and chief editor of the Journal of Human Resources. He currently is editor of Tax Policy and the Economy and serves as president of the Society of Labor Economists. Dr. Moffitt co-authored the chapter “The Return to Work in Disability Programs: What Has Been Learned and Next Steps” and presented it with Jesse Gregory at Lessons from SSA Demonstrations: A State of the Science Meeting.

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