Philip Robins

Professor Emeritus



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

Professional Experience

2006 - 2006Visiting Professor, Loughborough University Centre for Research in Social Policy
2003 - 2012Senior Research Affiliate, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy National Poverty Center
1988 - 1997Chairperson, Department of Economics, University of Miami School of Business Administration
1984 - 2012Research Affiliate, University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty
1982 - 2021Professor, Economics, Miami Herbert Business School
1977 - 1982Senior Economist and Director of Research, SRI International Seattle and Denver Income Maintenance Experiments
1972 - 1977Economist, SRI International
1971 - 1972Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Honors & Acknowledgements

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

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Labor Economics, Social Experimentation; and Social Program Evaluation


With I. Beulaygue and M. French Early Initiation of Marijuana Use, Education, and Earnings of Young Adults (Journal of Children and Poverty. forthcoming 2020).

With R. Dorsett and R. Hendra Using Administrative Data to Explore the Effect of Survey Nonresponse in the UK Employment Retention and Advancement Demonstration, 42 (5-6), pp 491-514 (Evaluation Review. October 2018).

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

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

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

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

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

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 Breaking the Low-Pay, No-Pay Cycle: Final Evidence from the UK Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) Demonstration (Sheffield, UK: Department for Work and Pensions. 2011).

With D. Greenberg Have Welfare-to-Work Programs Improved Over Time in Putting Welfare Recipients to Work?, 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 (Industrial and Labor Relations Review. November 2010).

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

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

With M. French, J. Homer, and L. Tapsell Effects of Physical Attractiveness, Personality, and Grooming on Academic Performance in High School, 6 (4), pp. 373-382 (Labour Economics. August 2009).

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

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

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