Randall W. Eberts

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Randall W. Eberts
Born (1951-05-18) May 18, 1951 (age 63)
Education University of California-San Diego (B.A., 1973); Northwestern University (M.S. in Economics, 1975); Northwestern University (Ph.D. in Economics, 1978)
Occupation Economist
Employer W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Randall W. Eberts is an American economist who specializes in the public workforce system, public finance, urban economics, labor economics, infrastructure and productivity, and policies promoting student achievement. He is president of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

His research and expertise focus on the public workforce development system,[1] with particular emphasis on statistical methodologies to set performance targets and to refer participants to services,[2] determinants of student achievement, infrastructure and productivity,[3] and factors related to local and regional economic development. Work on economic development includes collaboration with the OECD/LEED to examine the role of local partnerships in workforce development and economic development,[4] including an examination of the role of workforce intermediaries in addressing the needs of local businesses by promoting workforce solutions for incumbent workers.

Eberts earned a B.A. degree from the University of California-San Diego in 1973, an M.S. from Northwestern University in 1975, and a Ph.D. degree in economics from Northwestern in 1982.

Prior to joining the Upjohn Institute in 1993 as its executive director, Eberts was associate professor of economics at the University of Oregon (1983–1987), senior staff economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors (1991–1992), and assistant vice president and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (1986–1993).


Eberts is also the author or co-author of numerous book chapters, reports, journal articles, and working papers.