Director, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute
Greg Acs’ work focuses on the causes and consequences of long-term unemployment and policies intended to address them. In recent work, Dr. Acs has studied the relationship between the income support programs and work, employers in the low-wage labor market, changes in economic mobility and economic security with a focus on low-income working families. Dr. Acs has also completed several reports on the well-being of children across living arrangements, how welfare policies influence family composition, and the status of families leaving welfare. He recently took a leave from the Urban Institute to serve as Unit Chief for Labor and Income Security in the Congressional Budget Office. Dr. Acs holds a Ph.D. in economics and social work from the University of Michigan.
Recent publications include:
- Acs, Gregory. 2011. Downward Mobility from the Middle Class: Waking Up From the American Dream. Washington, DC: Economic Mobility Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts.
- Acs, Gregory. 2010. Book Review: Making the Work-Based Safety Net Work Better: Forward-Looking Policies to Help Low-Income Families. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews. 39(September): 573-575.
- Acs, Gregory and Austin Nichols. 2010. America Insecure: Changes in the Economic Security of American Families. Low-Income Working Families Discussion Paper #16. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.
- Acs, Gregory, Pamela Loprest, and Caroline Ratcliffe. 2010. “Progress Toward Self-Sufficiency for Low-Wage Workers.” (with Caroline Ratcliffe and Pamela Loprest). Report to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the US Department of Health and Human Services.