Authors

Robert I. Lerman

Professor Emeritus, Economics

American University

Professor Lerman conducts research and publishes on employment, income support, and youth development, especially as they affect low-income populations. In the 1970s, he worked on reforming the nation’s income maintenance programs and on youth employment policies as staff economist for both the Congressional Joint Economic Committee and the U.S. Department of Labor. He was one of the first scholars to examine the patterns and economic determinants of unwed fatherhood and to propose a youth apprenticeship strategy in the U.S. He is currently an Institute Fellow at Urban Institute and a Research Associate at IZA in Bonn, Germany. Dr. Lerman is current serving as the President of the Society of Government Economists.

Publications

Scaling Apprenticeship to Increase Human Capital

  The 2016 election heightened an ongoing debate in the United States about how best to respond to two of the foremost economic challenges of the current era: stagnant wages and a dearth of promising career prospects for American workers without a bachelor’s degree. These challenges persist despite a dramatic increase in recent decades in […]