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Richard Burkhauser

Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Policy Analysis

Richard Burkhauser

M Van Rensselaer Hall, Room 259

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1976



My research focuses on how public policies affect the economic behavior and well-being of vulnerable populations, e.g., older persons, people with disabilities, and low-income households as well as how levels and trends in income and income inequality have changed in the USA and other countries. I have published widely on these topics in journals of demography, economics, gerontology, as well as public policy.

Graduate Fields

  • Policy Analysis and Management


Richard V. Burkhauser has ongoing research projects focusing on: 1) Factors accounting for changes in the economic well-being of the working-age population with disabilities; 2) The sensitivity of measures of income and income inequality to alternative specifications of income including accrued vs. realized capital gains; 3) Changes in income inequality in Australia, Great Britain, and the United States as part of a research team funded by the Australian Research Council (2015-2017.