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Pamela J. Loprest
Senior Fellow
Income and Benefits Policy Center
My mission is to provide solid information to policy debates on how our country can improve the lives of working families and those facing difficulties gaining and maintaining employment.

Pamela Loprest is a senior fellow and labor economist in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Loprest’s research focuses on policies to enhance the economic well-being of disadvantaged persons through work, including providing opportunities for advancement along career pathways, removing barriers to work, improving skills, provision of work support benefits, and improving job quality.

Loprest coleads the Urban Institute's assessment of the JPMorgan Chase & Co. New Skills at Work Initiative, focused on improving workers' access to skills and economic opportunity. She is currently Urban’s project lead for evaluation of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants to provide health care training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients and other low-income individuals. She also coleads Urban’s Building America’s Workforce initiative, which brings together workforce research from across the Urban Institute.

Loprest has experience in quantitative and qualitative methods. Her prior research examines how to address employment challenges facing welfare recipients and persons with disabilities. She is coauthor of the book Leaving Welfare: Employment and Well-Being of Families that Left Welfare in the Post-Entitlement Era, with Gregory Acs.

She received her PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Research Areas
Social safety net
Race and equity
Beyond high school: education and training
Job markets and labor force
Families with low incomes
Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Racial equity in education
Disability equity policy