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Perry Singleton

Perry Singleton

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Perry Singleton

Associate Professor, Economics Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


  • 2024 Spring
    • ECN 732 Taxation
    • ECN 410 Topics in Economic Applications - Topics in Health Economics
  • 2023 Fall
    • ECN 422 Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics
  • 2023 Spring
    • ECN 732 Taxation
    • ECN 410 Topics in Economic Applications - Topics in Health Economics
  • 2022 Spring
    • ECN 496 Distinction Thesis Seminar in Economics II
    • ECN 732 Taxation

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2007


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 has numerous published papers in journals including the Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Journal of Law and Economics.

He received a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Areas of Expertise

Public finance, health economics

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"Understanding Food-Related Hardship among Older Americans", Sponsored by Department of Agriculture.

"Intergovernmental Personnel Act Agreement", Sponsored by Social Security Administration.

"Center for Aging and Policy Studies", Sponsored by National Institutes of Health (NIH)/DHHS.

"Retirement Research Consortium Syracuse", Sponsored by Social Security Administration.

"The Longitudinal Impact of Disability on Earnings and Earning Uncertainty: Subproject for Institution # 23660", Sponsored by Social Security Administration.

Selected Publications

  • Journal Articles
    • Li , L., Singleton, P., "The Effect of Workplace Inspections on Worker Safety." Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2019.
    • Singleton, P., "The Dynamic Relationship between Disability, Earnings, and Disability Insurance Application and Receipt." Economics Letters, 2014.
    • Singleton, P., "Earnings of Rejected Applicants to the Social Security Disability Insurance Program." Economics Letters, 2012.
    • Singleton, P., "Insult to Injury: Disability, Earnings, and Divorce." Journal of Human Resources, 2012.
    • Singleton, P., "The Effect of Taxes on Taxable Earnings: Evidence from the 2001 and Related US Federal Tax Acts." National Tax Journal, 2011.
    • Duggan, M., Singleton, P. and Rosenheck, R., "Federal Policy and the Rise in Disability Enrollment: Evidence for the VA’s Disability Compensation Program." Journal of Law and Economics, 2010.
    • Singleton, P., "The Effect of Disability Insurance on Health Investment: Evidence from the Veterans Benefits Administration’s Disability Compensation Program." Journal of Human Resources, 2009.