Michael Pergamit

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Senior Fellow
The Urban Institute
Michael Pergamit, Ph.D. conducts research on vulnerable youth around the transition to adulthood. In particular, his research has focused on youth aging out of foster care, runaway and homeless youth, victims of human trafficking, and other disadvantaged populations. He also studies access to benefits for families such as use of multiple public benefits, impacts of individual development accounts, and provision of supportive housing. His two current supportive housing program evaluations focus on child welfare involved families in five sites and homeless frequent users of services in Denver. His research involves experimental, quasi-experimental, and nonexperimental methods with recent focus on use of randomized controlled trials in program evaluation. He is about to begin a project designing an evaluation of Project 500 in San Francisco, an attempt by the City/County to integrate multiple public services for the 500 neediest TANF families. Pergamit earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.