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Christopher King

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

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LAC 3.200; SRH 3.244

Dr. Christopher T. King is a labor economist, a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a senior research scientist at the School’s Ray Marshall Center, which he directed from 1991 to 2014. He has been conducting research and writing on workforce and education policies for over four decades. In 2012, he was selected as one of twenty leaders in the Aspen Institute’s inaugural class of Ascend Fellows. He led a team that designed and implemented CareerAdvance®, Tulsa’s award-winning 2-generation program, in 2008-2009 and has been co-directing a rigorous evaluation of the program since 2010 with colleagues at Northwestern, NYU and Columbia. He co-chairs Austin’s 2-Generation Advisory Committee that is fostering a systems approach to combatting multigenerational poverty in Central Texas and is a member of the Anne E. Casey Foundation’s Two-Generation Strategic Evidence-Building Advisory Group. Prior to joining the Center, 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 and evaluation for job training programs in the Texas Governor’s Office (1983-1985). He has a BA in economics from The University of Texas at Austin and both an MA and a Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University.



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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