Philip  Robins

Philip Robins

Professor, Economics

Research Interests

Social experimentation; and social program evaluation

Featured Publications

  • “Using Administrative Data to Explore the Effect of Survey Nonresponse in the UK Employment Retention and Advancement Demonstration,” (with R. Dorsett and R. Hendra), Evaluation Review, DOI: 10.1177/0193841X16674395, forthcoming.

    “Tattoos, Employment, and Labor Market Earnings: Is There a Link in the Ink?” (with M. French, J. C. Maclean, B. Sayed, and L. Shiferaw), Southern Economic Journal, 82,(4), February 2016, pp. 1,212-1,246. Winner of the 2016 Georgescu-Roegen Prize in Economics.

    “Breaking the Low Pay, No Pay Cycle: The Effects of the UK Employment Retention and Advancement Programme,” (with R. Hendra, J. Riccio, and R. Dorsett), IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 4:14, DOI 10.1186/s40173-015-0042-9, July 2015.

    “What You Do In High School Matters: High School GPA, Educational Attainment, and Labor Market Earnings as a Young Adult,” (with M. French, J. Homer, and I. Popovici), Eastern Economic Journal, 41 (3), June 2015, pp 370-386.

    “Do Non-Cognitive Traits Influence Marriage and Cohabitation Decisions Among Young Adults?” (with M. French, I. Popovici, and J. Homer), Social Science Research, 45, May 2014, pp. 184-199.

    “A Multi-Level Analysis of the Impacts of the UK Employment Retention and Advancement Demonstration,” (with R. Dorsett), Evaluation Review, 37 (2), April 2013, pp. 63-108.

    Breaking the Low-Pay, No-Pay Cycle: Final Evidence from the UK Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) Demonstration, (with R. Hendra, J. Riccio, R. Dorsett, D.H. Greenberg, G. Knight, J. Phillips, S. Vegeris, and J. Walter, with A. Hill, K. Ray, and J. Smith), Sheffield, UK: Department for Work and Pensions, 2011.

    “Have Welfare-to-Work Programs Improved Over Time in Putting Welfare Recipients to Work?” (with D. Greenberg), Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 64 (5), October 2011, pp. 920-930. A longer version of this paper is available as Discussion Paper No. 1388-10, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, Madison, November 2010.

    “Beauty and the Labor Market: Accounting for the Additional Effects of Personality and Grooming,” (with M. French and J. Homer), Labour, 25 (2), June 2011, pp. 228-251.

    “Who Should Care for Our Kids? The Effects of Infant Child Care on Early Child Development,” (with D. Peng), Journal of Children and Poverty, 16 (1), March 2010, pp. 1-45.

    “Effects of Physical Attractiveness, Personality, and Grooming on Academic Performance in High School,” (with M. French, J. Homer, and L. Tapsell), Labour Economics, 16 (4), August 2009, pp. 373-382.

    “Are Two Carrots Better Than One? The Effects of Adding Employment Services to Financial Incentive Programs for Welfare Recipients,” (with C. Michalopoulos and K. Foley), Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 61 (3), April 2008, pp. 410-423.

    “Incorporating Nonmarket Time Into Benefit-Cost Analyses of Social Programs: An Application to the Self-Sufficiency Project,” (with D. Greenberg), Journal of Public Economics, 92 (3-4), April 2008, pp. 766-794.

    “Social Experimentation,” in International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, Second Edition, William A. Darity, editor, Farmington Hills, MI, Macmillan Reference USA, Thompson-Gale, 2008, pp. 590-592.

Teaching and Professional Experience

  • Visiting Professor, Loughborough University Centre for Research in Social Policy, 2006
  • Senior Research Affiliate, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy National Poverty Center, 2003 - Present
  • Chairperson, Department of Economics, University of Miami School of Business Administration, 1988 - 1997
  • Research Affiliate, University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty, 1984 - Present
  • Professor, Economics, University of Miami School of Business Administration, 1982 - Present
  • Senior Economist and Director of Research, SRI International Seattle and Denver Income Maintenance Experiments, 1977 - 1982
  • Economist, SRI International, 1972 - 1977
  • Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 1971 - 1972

Specialties

  • Labor economics
  • price theory
  • Economic analysis of social programs
  • economics of family behavior

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1972
  • M.S., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1970
  • B.S., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1966

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Research Award, University of Miami School of Business Administration, 2005, 1997, 1990
  • Teaching Excellence Award, University of Miami School of Business Administration, 2001
  • Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Miami, 1985
  • Certificate of Appreciation by Undergraduate Student Teaching Body Government, University of Miami School of Business Administration, 1984
  • Research Fellow, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 1970 - 1971
  • NSF Research Fellow, University of Wisconsin, 1968 - 1970
  • Ford Foundation Fellow, University of Wisconsin, 1969 - 1970
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin, 1967 - 1970
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