Perry Singleton

Associate Professor, Economics


Perry Singleton is an Associate Professor of Economics and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. His work specializes in public, labor, and health economics. His research focuses on the effects of health on labor market outcomes, the economics of the family in relation to health, and the role of social insurance programs in the economy, including Social Security's old-age and disability insurance and the Department of Veterans Affair's Disability Compensation program. He is also interested in occupational safety and health in relation to labor market outcomes, firm productivity, technological development, and regulatory oversight.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Select Publications

"The Effect of Workplace Inspections on Worker Safety." Ling Li and Perry Singleton. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 72(3) (2019) pp. 718-748.

“The Dynamic Relationship between Disability, Earnings, and Disability Insurance Application and Receipt." Perry Singleton, Economics Letters, Vol. 124, No. 3 (2014), pp. 374-377.

“Insult to Injury: Disability, Earnings, and Divorce." Perry Singleton, Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 47, No. 4 (2012), pp. 972-990.

“Earnings of Rejected Applicants to the Social Security Disability Insurance Program." Perry Singleton, Economics Letters, Vol. 116, No. 2 (2012), pp. 147-150.

“The Effect of Taxes on Taxable Earnings: Evidence from the 2001 and Related US Federal Tax Acts." Perry Singleton, National Tax Journal, Vol. 64, No. 2, part 1 (2011), pp. 323-352.

“Federal Policy and the Rise in Disability Enrollment: Evidence for the VA’s Disability Compensation Program." Mark Duggan, Perry Singleton, and Robert Rosenheck, Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 53, No. 2 (2010), pp. 379-398.

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Research Grants and Awards

Principle Investigator. “The Effect of Social Security Retirement Benefits on Food-Related Hardship among Older Americans.” Funded by University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research. 2020-2022.