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Christopher King

Senior Research Scientist and Director, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources

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LAC 3.200; SRH 3.244

Dr. Christopher King is a senior research scientist, director of the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources and a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, where he currently holds the Mike Hogg Professorship in Urban Management. He is a labor economist with nearly four decades experience at the international, national, state and local level, conducting policy and program analysis, designing innovative programs, evaluating impacts and measuring the benefits and costs of education, employment and training interventions. He has written widely on education, workforce, and social policy. He has received recognition for his teaching, including the prestigious Texas Exes Teaching Award in 2007 and the LBJ School Dean’s Excellence Award in 1994, and, for his contributions to workforce policy, the Central Texas Workforce Edge Award in 2008. In early 2012, the Aspen Institute selected him as one of twenty leaders in its inaugural class of Ascend Fellows working on two-generation antipoverty strategies.

He is directing the Central Texas Student Futures Project and the Dual-Generation Strategy Initiative, as well as evaluations of locally funded workforce services for the City of Austin, Travis County and Workforce Solutions-Capital Area Workforce Board. He also leads a team designing and analyzing the implementation of a sectoral jobs strategy for low-skilled, low-income parents of children served by Tulsa’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs working with a multi-disciplinary team from Harvard, Northwestern and Columbia Universities. He serves on the boards of the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, The Austin Project Board and English@Work, as well as the Capital Area Economic Development District Council, and the Rutgers University NTAR Leadership Institute’s Research Advisory Panel, among others.

Dr. King was assistant professor of economics at the University of Utah (1973-1976), an economist with the U.S. Secretary of Labor (1976-1980), and director of Research, Demonstration and Evaluation for job training programs in the Texas Governor’s Office (1983-1985). He has a B.A. in economics from The University of Texas at Austin and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University.

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M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics, Michigan State University; B.A. in Economics, The University of Texas at Austin

Current Positions

Senior Research Scientist, The University of Texas at Austin; Director, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, LBJ School of Public Affairs; Mike Hogg Professor in Urban Management, LBJ School of Public Affairs

Previous Positions

Independent Advisory Panel, National Assessment of Vocational Education (1998-2003); Advisory Panel Member, the National JTPA Evaluation (1986-1993); Member, Chief, Research, Demonstration and Evaluation, the Job Training Partnership Act program, Texas Governor’s Office (1983-1985); Economist, Office of the Secretary, US Department of Labor (1976-1980); Member, the University of Utah Economics Faculty (1973-1976)

Author, “The Promise of Sectoral Approaches to Workforce Development: Towards More Effective, Active Labor Market Policies in the United States,” In C. J. Whalen, Ed., Human Resource Economics: Essays in Honor of Vernon M. Briggs, Jr., (Upjohn Institute Press, 2010, with Robert Glover); Author, Education and Work After High School: Central Texas Outcomes through December 2008 (Ray Marshall Center, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, 2009, with Greg Cumpton and Deanna Schexnayder); Author, Returns from Investments in Workforce Services: Texas Statewide Estimates for Participants, Taxpayers and Society, Austin: Ray Marshall Center, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, 2008, with Ying Tang, et al.); Author, Welfare and Work: Experiences in Six Cities  (Upjohn Institute Press, 2005 with Peter Mueser); Author, The Workforce Investment Act in Eight States  (Rockefeller Institute and USDOL/ETA, 2005, with Burt Barnow); Author, Improving the Odds: Increasing the Effectiveness of Publicly Funded Training  (Urban Institute Press, 2000 with Burt Barnow)


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