Kenneth Fortson

Associate Director
Areas of Expertise
  • Design and implementation of both experimental and nonexperimental evaluations
  • Labor and disability
  • Employment
  • Training and Reemployment
  • International
  • Infrastructure
  • Disability
About Kenneth

Kenneth Fortson has expertise in the design and implementation of both experimental and nonexperimental evaluations. His work spans labor, disability, and econometric methods. 

He presently leads the impact evaluations for the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs Gold Standard Evaluation (funded by the U.S. Department of Labor) and the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration (funded by the Social Security Administration). His previous research includes evaluations of individual training accounts and self-employment programs, as well as evaluations of training and infrastructure initiatives in post-Soviet republics. 

Fortson’s work includes publications in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Economics of Education Review, the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Monthly Labor Review, and Computational Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.


Key Projects
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    Evaluation of Abstinence Education Programs

    Mathematica was commissioned to conduct a congressionally mandated evaluation of the effectiveness of abstinence education programs. Programs receiving these funds taught abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage as the expected standard for school-age children and could not endorse or promote...

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