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Christopher J. O’Leary

Chris Oleary
Senior Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Christopher J. O’Leary is a senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. His research is focused on public employment policy.  On unemployment insurance (UI) has examined benefit financing, experience rating, benefit adequacy, profiling, partial benefits, reemployment bonuses, personal reemployment accounts, work-sharing, and use by older workers.  He has evaluated active labor market policies including job training, wage subsidies, public works, self-employment, and employment service programs for labor ministries in Brazil, Canada, China, Hungary, Poland, and Serbia.  For the U.S. departments of Labor, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services he has developed targeting models for reemployment services; conducted simulations of personal reemployment accounts; and done analysis of cross program usage between UI, welfare, food stamps, and employment services. His work has relied on randomized trials in field experiments, survey data, and administrative records from Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington. O’Leary’s research has been supported by the World Bank, ILO, AARP, OECD, and the Inter-American Development Bank.  He has testified before Congress, appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, APM’s Marketplace and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and CNBC.  Chris’s papers have been published in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Economics of Transition, Applied Economics, Monthly Labor Review, International Labour Review, International Social Security Review, and New England Economic Review.  He is co-author of Manual on Evaluation of Labour Market Policies in Transition Economies, and co-editor of research volumes on unemployment insurance, job training, and employment services.  He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst and earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Arizona.  In 1999, he was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance.