Wayne Vroman, an economist at The Urban Institute since 1977, has directed numerous research projects on social insurance and labor markets. His academic experiences have included positions in the economics departments of Oberlin College and the University of Maryland and a visiting appointment in the business school of the University of California at Berkeley. He also has worked at the Social Security Administration, the Office of Economic Opportunity, and the National Commission on State Workmen's Compensation Laws.
Much of Vroman's research has been concerned with the economic effects of social insurance programs. This research has examined topics in workers' compensation, state temporary disability programs, aspects of retirement, disability, and financing of OASDHI, as well as analyses of unemployment insurance (UI). Previous research on UI has focused on benefits, financing, and program administration. He has developed UI simulation models in 15 states to examine state trust fund solvency and related policy questions. He has authored four earlier books on social insurance topics, Employment Termination Benefits in the U. S. Economy, The Funding Crisis in State Unemployment Insurance, Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Adequacy in the 1990s, and Topics in Unemployment Insurance Financing. The latter three books were all published by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
Vroman has also worked on several projects dealing with social protections (financing as well as benefit payments) and labor markets in Europe and CEE-FSU countries. He has examined work sharing and job creation programs in Germany, Sweden, and Belgium. Since 1990 he has worked on World Bank missions to Armenia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Barbados, and Belize; IMF missions to Armenia and Georgia; and U.S. AID-supported projects in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine. He has assisted World Bank staff and USAID staff in developing simulation models of UI benefit payments in CEE-FSU countries.
Vera Brusentsev is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Delaware. She completed her undergraduate studies in Sydney, Australia, and was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue gradu