H. Allan Hunt

Allan Hunt is a native of Wisconsin, educated at the University of Wisconsin, Lehigh University, and the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned his PhD in Economics in 1974. He has been employed at the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, Michigan, since 1978 and served in management at the Institute for 25 years before stepping down in 2007.

Dr. Hunt’s research career has involved him in the areas of workers’ compensation programs, disability prevention and management, employment and training policy, and t he employment impacts of technological change. He has studied, consulted, and written about workers’ compensation systems in Australia, Canada, and the United States.

In 2008, Dr. Hunt led a team studying the incidence of total permanent disability pensions in the Washington workers’ compensation system. In the past few years he chaired a Study Panel on Benefit Adequacy for the National Academy of Social Insurance, conducted a “Core Review” of workers’ compensation service delivery for the government of British Columbia, and participated with the Office of Workers’ Compensation Policy in the U.S. Department of Labor on a study of the Federal Employees Compensation Act.

He has over 30 years of experience in workers’ compensation research and policy issues, and is the author or editor of nine books and numerous commissioned reports and articles. Currently, Dr. Hunt is working on issues of benefit equity, adequacy, and efficacy for serious injuries in workers’ compensation programs.

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