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Upjohn Institute staff members conduct applied research aimed at employment-related policy. This research strives to improve public policies, such as those targeted at poverty alleviation or social insurance.
In the area of poverty and income support, Upjohn Institute researchers have studied
The Upjohn Institute has investigated the workings and effects of the unemployment insurance system since 1961. Currently on staff, Senior Economists Christopher O’Leary and Stephen Woodbury have extended this rich history of scholarship with more than two dozen articles covering issues such as benefit adequacy and profiling.
The Institute’s interests in social insurance include workers’ compensation (WC) and disability. In the workers’ compensation area, projects have included WC design and administration studies in the State of Michigan; British Columbia, Canada; and Victoria, Australia.