Stephen A. Wandner
Stephen A. Wandner , Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance and a Visiting Fellow at the Urban Institute. He was formerly a Research Fellow at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. He worked for the U.S. Department of Labor for many years in a variety of roles. At the Unemployment Insurance Service, he was an Actuary, Director of Benefit Financing, and Deputy Director of the Office of Legislation, Research and Actuarial Services. For the Employment and Training Administration he was the Director of Research and Demonstrations and Director of Strategic Planning. Throughout his career, he conducted policy and economic analysis, conducted and directed research and evaluations, and designed and implemented public workforce programs. He directed a series of 11 random assignment reemployment experiments, two of which were the basis for new federal employment programs for which he directed their design and implementation. He has published over 30 articles on a wide variety of workforce issues. He co-edited and wrote chapters for three books dealing with unemployment insurance, targeting employment services and job training. He is currently editing or co-editing three books on unemployment insurance reform, the interaction of unemployment insurance and SNAP during the Great Recession, and lessons learned from a series of workforce experiments. In 2011, the Princeton Industrial Relations Section awarded him the Richard A. Lester Prize for the Outstanding Book in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations for his book, Solving the Reemployment Puzzle: From Research to Policy—a book that analyzed the research, evaluation, and policy development of public workforce interventions. He received the 2011 Outstanding Practitioner Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association for contributions to research and practice in the field of employment relations. His recent research has evaluated the Transition Assistance Program and job clubs, analyzed public workforce programs during and after the Great Recession, assessed public workforce programs for older workers, conducted an implementation analysis of workforce programs funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, evaluated the short-time compensation program, conducted a longitudinal survey of the unemployment insurance program, and analyzed education and training scorecards.