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Gregory Acs
Vice President, Income and Benefits Policy
Income and Benefits Policy Center
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    Gregory Acs is vice president for income and benefits policy at the Urban Institute, where his research focuses on social insurance, social welfare, and the compensation of workers. Previously, he served as unit chief for Labor and Income Security in the Congressional Budget Office’s Health and Human Resources Division and as vice president of the Association for Policy Analysis and Management. His recent work examines economic and social mobility and economic security with a focus on low-income working families. In the past, Acs has studied the employment patterns of young women to determine the paths women take to obtain jobs paying enough to leave them better off working than on welfare. He has also examined the well-being of children across living arrangements, the ways welfare policies influence family composition, the status of families leaving welfare, and how policies affect the incentives families face as they move from welfare to work. Acs has a PhD in economics and social work from the University of Michigan.

    Research Areas
    Economic mobility and inequality
    Wealth and financial well-being
    Children and youth
    Social safety net
    Race and equity
    Kids in context
    Inequality and mobility
    Beyond high school: education and training
    From Safety Net to Solid Ground
    Job markets and labor force
    Families with low incomes
    Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
    Racial inequities in economic mobility

    Outside Affiliations
    Social Service Review
    Editorial Board Member

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