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Carolyn Heinrich

Faculty Research Associate

Professor, LBJ School
Carolyn Heinrich



Carolyn J. Heinrich (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is the Sid Richardson Professor of Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, affiliated Professor of Economics, and the Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Heinrich’s research focuses on social welfare policy, public management and performance management, and econometric methods for social-program evaluation. Her research frequently involves work with governments at all levels, including with the federal government on workforce development program evaluations, with states on their social welfare and child support programs, school districts in the evaluation of supplemental educational services and other educational interventions, and governments such as Brazil and South Africa on their poverty reduction and human capital development programs. Other ongoing projects involve the study of labor market intermediaries and labor market outcomes for low-skilled and disadvantaged workers, health-care reform provisions, policy factors that support effective provision of substance abuse treatment services, and conditional cash transfers and related poverty-reduction interventions.

Dr. Heinrich is the author/co-author of more than fifty peer-reviewed publications, with recent articles appearing in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Health Services Research, World Development, Review of Economics of the Household, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Labor Economics, The American Review of Public Administration, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Drug Issues, Journal of Human Resources, Public Administration Review, American Journal of Evaluation and other journals. She is the President and a founding board member of the Public Management Research Association and served as the editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory from January 2005 through December 2008. In 2004, Professor Heinrich received the David N. Kershaw Award for distinguished contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management by a person under age 40. She was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration in 2010.

Prior to her appointment at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Heinrich was the Director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs and Associate Director of Research and Training at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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