Ben Glasner, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University

I received my Ph.D. from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington in 2021. I received my B.A. in Economics from Vassar College in the spring of 2016 and started my Ph.D. program at Evans in the fall of 2016.

In my current role, I conduct analyses of the effects of major social policies and reforms thereto on the poverty rate and other key indicators of well-being. These include long-term studies of the intergenerational transmission of poverty, but also studies of contemporary policies and their effects. All the work involves the research programs of Principal Investigators Irwin Garfinkel, Jane Waldfogel, and Christopher Wimer.





Today’s world is a reflection of both economic forces and the choices we have made. Between globalization, new technologies, and our institutional environment, out society is changing rapidly. Our policies should be changing with it. My research is focused on assessing how the institutions, regulations, and safety nets we have built contribute to individual and societal social welfare.

My dissertation was focused on self-employment, independent contracting, spot market work, multi-job holding, and online gig work. I was interested in understanding how these nonstandard work arrangements interacted with the changing nature of work, and policies like the Fair Labor Standards Act, Unemployment insurance, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Affordable Care Act. 

I believe that before we can build better policy, we need to understand what exactly our current ones are doing, and what can be done to improve them. Through the use of quantitative data methods and research designs for causal identification, I hope to help improve the world, even if it is just by a little bit at a time. 

Teaching Experience:

  • Microeconomic Policy Analysis (PUBPOL 516): (TA) Fall 2017, Fall2018
  • Microeconomic Management Analysis (PUBPOL 517): (Predoctoral Instructor) Winter 2020, (TA) Winter 2018
  • Quantitative Analysis II (PUBPOL 528): (TA) Spring 2020
  • Introduction to Public Policy and Governance (PUBPOL 201): (TA) Spring 2018
  • Introduction to Economics (ECON 102): (TA) 2015-2016