URBAN INSTITUTE

Expert

Gregory B. Mills
Expert

Gregory B. Mills

Urban Institute Associate

The immediate challenge I see in promoting upward mobility for low-income families is enabling them to cope with the uncertainties of income and expenses. This means ensuring access to the public benefits and services they are entitled to receive. It also means improving their capacity to make well-informed consumer choices, ranging from nutritional intake to financial services. My focus is on building a strong empirical basis for policy design, administrative practice, and market innovation.

Biography

Greg Mills is an Urban Institute associate in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. He has more than 35 years of experience in policy analysis and evaluation research on programs that aim to promote economic mobility for low-income households. His work has focused on financial services for the underbanked population, housing assistance, nutritional support, antidrug law enforcement, child support, and community development. He is also a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on low-income saving and asset-building in New England. Before rejoining Urban in 2010 (where he had worked in the 1980s on federal budget policy), Mills was a senior research director in applied behavioral economics at Harvard University's Institute for Quantitative Social Science and a principal associate at Abt Associates, where he was corecipient of the 2009 Daniel Bell Award for best scholarly article. He also held governmental positions at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Economic Affairs and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Mills has directed many experimental and quasi-experimental studies using survey data and administrative records to estimate program effects on participating households. These projects include large-scale, multiyear, randomized studies of individual development accounts, housing vouchers, and homeownership counseling. These evaluations typically combined impact estimates with process studies to focus on qualitative dimensions of agency implementation and participant experience.

Mills received his PhD in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.