Carolyn Heinrich (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is the Sid Richardson Professor of Public Affairs and affiliated Professor of Economics and the Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to her appointment on July 1, 2011, she was the Director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Heinrich’s research focuses on social welfare policy, labor force development, public management and econometric methods for program evaluation. She works directly in her research with governments at all levels, including with the federal government on evaluations of workforce development programs, with states on their social welfare and child support programs, and school districts in the evaluation of supplemental educational services and other educational interventions.
She also collaborates with nongovernmental organizations such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, UNICEF and others in research to improve program and policy design and the impacts and effectiveness of economic and social investments in middle-income and developing countries. Other ongoing projects involve the study of labor market intermediaries and labor market outcomes for low-skilled and disadvantaged workers, performance management and contracting, health-care reform provisions and policy factors that support effective provision of substance abuse treatment services, and conditional cash transfers and related poverty-reduction interventions.
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. She also served on the Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management from 2004-2007 and as its chair of the Board of Institutional Representatives through spring 2011. In 2004, 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, and in 2010, she and was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed books and journal articles.
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Doctor of Philosophy: Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois - December, 1995 Substantive and methodological fields - Labor Economics, Urban Political Economy, Econometrics
Master of Arts: Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois - June, 1991 Bachelor of Arts: Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin - May, 1989, Summa Cum Laude Major fields - International Relations, Economics
Sid Richardson Professor of Public Affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin (July 2011-present)
Director, Center of Health and Social Policy, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin (July 2011-present)
Affiliated Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Texas at Austin (July 2011-present)
Director, La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison (July 2008-June 2011)
Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs (May 2006-June 2011)
Affiliated Professor of Economics (November 2007-June 2011), and Regina Loughlin Scholar (August 2007-June 2011), University of Wisconsin-Madison
Associate Director, Research and Training, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison (June 2004-July 2009)
Associate Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison (August 2003-April 2006)
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (July 2000-June 2003)
Research Associate, The University of Chicago, and Research Director, The University of Chicago-Pew Charitable Trusts Study on Public Management and Government Performance (July 1997-June 2000)
Associate Director, The University of Chicago, Center for Social Program Evaluation (July 1997- June 2000)
Research Associate, American Bar Foundation, (1995-1997), and The University of Chicago, Center for Social Program Evaluation (1993-1997)
Recent and Forthcoming Publications:
Hamersma, Sarah, Carolyn J. Heinrich and Peter Mueser. Forthcoming. “Temporary Help Work: Multiple Job-Holding and Compensating Differentials.” Industrial Relations.
Good, Annalee, Patricia Burch, Rudolph Acosta, Mary Stewart and Carolyn Heinrich. Forthcoming. “Instruction Matters: Lessons from a Mixed Method Evaluation of Supplemental Educational Services under No Child Left Behind.” Teachers College Record.
Cancian, Maria, Carolyn J. Heinrich, and Yiyoon Chung. 2013. “Discouraging Disadvantaged Fathers’ Employment: An Unintended Consequence of Policies Designed to Support Families.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
Heinrich, Carolyn J. and Hiren Nisar. 2013. “The Efficacy of Private Sector Providers in Improving Public Educational Outcomes.” American Educational Research Journal.
Heinrich, Carolyn, J. and Grant R. Cummings. 2013. “The Adoption and Diffusion of Evidence-based Addiction Medications in Substance Abuse Treatment.” Health Services Research.
Koning, Pierre and Carolyn J. Heinrich. 2013. “Cream-skimming, Parking and Other Intended and Unintended Effects of High-Powered, Performance-Based Contracts.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 32(3): 461-483.
Heinrich, Carolyn J. 2012. “How Credible is the Evidence, and Does It Matter? An Analysis of the Program Assessment Rating Tool.” Public Administration Review 72(1): 123-134.
Heinrich, Carolyn, J., Burkhardt, Brett and Hilary Shager. 2011. “Reducing Child Support Debt and Its Consequences: Can Forgiveness Benefit All?” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 30, No. 4, 755–774.
Heinrich, Carolyn, J. and Harry J. Holzer. 2011. “Improving Education and Employment for Disadvantaged Young Men: Proven and Promising Strategies.” The Annals of The American Academy of Political and Social Science, Volume 635 (May): 163-191
Haveman, Robert, Carolyn J. Heinrich and Timothy Smeeding. 2011. “Policy Responses to the Recent Poor Performance of the United States Labor Market,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 31, No. 1, 177–186.
Haveman, Robert, Carolyn J. Heinrich and Timothy Smeeding. 2011. “Climbing Out of a Deep Hole: Which Path Up?” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 31, No. 1, 193–195.
Heinrich, Carolyn J., Peter Mueser, Kenneth R. Troske, K. Jeon, and Daver Kahvecioglu, “A Nonexperimental Evaluation of WIA Programs.” In The Workforce Investment Act: Implementation Experiences and Evaluation Findings, edited by D. Besharov and P. Cottingham. Kalamazoo, Michigan: W.E. Upjohn Institute, 2011.
Heinrich, Carolyn J., Ferdinando Regalia and Michael Samson. 2011. “Impacts on Children of Cash Transfers in South Africa.” In Social Protection for Africa’s Children, Sudhanshu Handa, Stephen Devereux and Doug Webb, editors, pp. 117-146.
Heinrich, Carolyn J. 2011. “Public Management.” In Mark Bevir (ed.) Handbook of Governance. SAGE Publications, pp. 252-269.