Youth with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) face substantial barriers to economic independence in transitioning to adult life. The barriers are related to their health status, social isolation, service needs, and potential loss of disability benefits.
- Design and implementation of experimental and nonexperimental evaluations
- International development and disability policy
- Social Protection
- Employment and Income Support
- Transition to Adulthood
Arif Mamun designs and conducts experimental and nonexperimental evaluations of social programs. His research includes international development, disability policy, education, and family support. He has substantial experience working with policymakers in Bangladesh, Jordan, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, and the United States.
Mamun is directing rigorous evaluations of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s investments for developing the energy sector infrastructure in Tanzania, and the vocational education and training sector in Namibia. He is also involved with USAID Global Development Lab’s rapid feedback monitoring, evaluation, research and learning project aimed at improving rapid learning and adaptive management in the design and implementation of USAID-funded projects. Mamun is also the principal investigator for the impact analysis under the Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) evaluation for the Social Security Administration.
In recent years, Mamun has conducted research both domestically and abroad. He led the final impact analysis for the evaluation of the Social Security Administration’s Youth Transition Demonstration projects. He completed several studies on employment among Social Security disability program beneficiaries, including a rigorous evaluation of the original rollout of the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program. He was a lead reviewer on the Analytic and Technical Services study, contributed to the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) as a reviewer, and played a key role in the evaluation of the Upward Bound program. His past work includes providing methodological input for an evaluation of the social assistance system modernization project in Ukraine, estimating costs of programs providing services to orphans and other vulnerable children in Uganda, and conducting research on micro-finance in Bangladesh.
Mamun joined Mathematica in 2005. He presents to international and U.S. audiences, and has published in peer-reviewed journals, such as the IZA Journal of Labor Policy, Journal of Disability Policy Studies, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, and Social Security Bulletin. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from University of Washington.
Evaluation of the Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income PROMISE Grants
Tanzania Energy-Sector Impact Evaluation
Mathematica conducted evaluations of two activities and a related initiative under the Tanzania energy-sector project. The activities included laying a new submarine cable to provide a more reliable source of electricity to Unguja Island, extending lines into new areas, and offering low-cost electricity...
Alternatives to Benefit Receipt: Special Journal Edition Offers Insights for Reducing Reliance on Disability Support Programs and Promoting Employment of People with Disabilities
A special issue of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy, compiled and co-edited by Gina Livermore, David Neumark, and David Wittenburg, explores the evolution of disability policy in the U.S., the factors contributing to growth in the disability rolls, and the potential for early interventions and employment...
CSDP Forum: Getting a Job, Keeping a Job: Services and Supports that Promote Employment Among People with Disabilities
The employment of people with disabilities has become a topic of growing national concern. Over the past three decades, these individuals have experienced consistently low employment rates and high poverty rates, along with increased reliance on public programs. The rapid growth of the Social Security...