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Perry Singleton

Perry Singleton

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426 Eggers Hall

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Tuesdays 1:00-3:00

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Zia Jackson


Perry Singleton

Associate Professor, Economics Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


Fall 2023

ECN 422.002 Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics, Monday & Wednesday 12:45-2:05, Hall of Languages 115

ECN 422.001 Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics, Monday & Wednesday 2:15-3:35, Hall of Languages 214

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Maryland, 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

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.


Selected 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.

"The Effect of Disability Insurance on Health Investment: Evidence from the Veterans Benefits Administration’s Disability Compensation Program." Perry Singleton, Journal of Human Resources ,Vol. 44, No. 4 (2009), pp. 998-1022.

"Aching to Retire? The Rise in the Normal Retirement Age and its Impact on the Social Security Disability Rolls." Mark Duggan, Perry Singleton, and Jae Song, Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 91, No. 7-8 (2007), pp. 1327-1350.