Allan Hunt has been a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 1993 and is Vice-Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Steering Committee. He is the Assistant Executive Director of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A native of Wisconsin, Hunt has been with the Upjohn Institute since 1978, and was appointed to his current position in 1989. Having over 29 years of experience in workers’ compensation policy issues, Hunt is the author or co-author of eight books and numerous commissioned reports and articles.
Hunt’s research has involved him with a variety of employment issues, concentrating in the areas of workers’ compensation programs, disability prevention and management, and the employment impacts of technological change. Hunt has recently participated with the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs in the U.S. Department of Labor on a study concerning the effectiveness of the Federal Employees Compensation Act. His research has not only involved domestic programs, but international ones as well. Hunt has studied, consulted, and written about workers’ compensation systems in Australia and Canada, and recently conducted a “Core Review” of workers’ compensation service delivery for the government of British Columbia.
According to John Burton, founding Chair of NASI’s Workers’ Compensation Steering Committee and Professor at the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) at Rutgers University, “Allan is the editor of a forthcoming book on the adequacy of workers’ compensation cash benefits that reflects the multi-year deliberations of a Steering Committee Subcommittee. His evenhanded writing and careful guidance resulted in a volume that is a model for a NASI examination of a contentious topic,” Burton said.
Hunt is the recipient of several distinguished awards, such as the Research Award from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (in 1998 and 1990), and the Clarence A. Kulp Memorial Award, American Risk and Insurance Association (in 1992).