Kenneth Wolpin

Ken Wolpin Lay Family Distinguished Research Professor of Economics Rice University Economist Labor Economist

Kenneth Wolpin

Distinguished Research Professor and Lay Family Professor of Economics; Department Chair

Kenneth Wolpin is the Distinguished Research Professor and Lay Family Professor of Economics at Rice University as well as chair of the department. In addition to faculty appointments at Penn, NYU, Minnesota, Ohio State and Yale, he has served as the Principal Investigator of the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience. He has authored or co-authored over 60 professional papers. His contributions span labor economics, economic demography, development economics, health economics and empirical methodology. He is perhaps best known for his work on the development and application of tools for estimating discrete choice dynamic programming models. The methodological approach he has adopted recognizes the critical interplay between economic theory, data and econometrics.

Ph.D., The Graduate School of the City University of New York, 1974
B.S., The City College of New York, 1967
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Labor Market, Education and Demographic Decisions of Individuals in Dynamic Settings



Selected Publications