Robert G. Wood
Associate Director of Research and Senior Economist
Robert Wood is an associate director of research and senior economist. His research focuses on low-income families and disadvantaged youth.
Wood currently serves as project director for the evaluation of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), a large-scale initiative to replicate evidenced-based pregnancy prevention programs nationwide. He also serves as project director and principal investigator for the Building Strong Families evaluation, a relationship skills education program for low-income, unmarried parents.
Wood also serves as principal investigator for the Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation, examining relationship skills and employment programs for low-income couples and fathers. In addition, he serves as principal investigator for the National Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (NPED), which Mathematica is conducting in partnership with the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, Wood’s other research has focused on dropout prevention initiatives, the economic progress of welfare recipients, and strategies for improving the outcomes of teenage parents.
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Wood joined Mathematica in 1994 and is area leader for its family support research. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Children and Youth Services Review, Contemporary Economic Policy, and Social Services Review. Wood holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.
- Areas of Expertise
- Key Projects
- Professional Activities
- Programs and policies affecting low-income families and disadvantaged youth
- Family Support Area Leader