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Dr. Samuel Kofi Ampaabeng

Dr. Ampaabeng is an applied economist with specializations in Labor Economics, Education, and International Development. His research interests include child health and nutrition, education, and workforce development (employment training). He applies advanced econometric and program evaluation methods to evaluate program impacts in these areas.

Dr. Ampaabeng’s work focuses on evaluating programs for clients such as the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Agriculture (USDA), and state agencies. He is currently the task lead for a third-party evaluation of the Alaska, California, Texas, Oregon, and National (ACT-On) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant. In this role, he is leading the design and implementation of the impact evaluation using quasi-experimental methods. He is responsible for collecting and managing all evaluation data from each college. Dr. Ampaabeng is also working on other workforce development evaluations such as the Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF)-funded Skillsource program in Wisconsin. For this project, he is conducting impact evaluation and managing the administrative data from the state.

In addition to program evaluation, Dr. Ampaabeng also offers technical assistance to clients such as the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) of USDA. He is playing a key role in evaluating the feasibility of establishing a national research database of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) data from all states.

Dr. Ampaabeng has strong data management skills drawing from his prior experience as a database manager in the financial industry. He has years of experience in using large scale public data such as American Community Survey, Current Population Survey, Consumer Expenditure Survey, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, and other Census Bureaus and BLS data. In addition, he has worked with several administrative data sets including the Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) programs and the Wage and Hour Division’s WHISARD database. Dr. Ampaabeng has used econometric and statistical methods to model economic issues. He has also presented his work at conferences and working groups.

In addition, he has worked with several administrative data sets including the Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) programs and the Wage and Hour Division’s WHISARD database. Dr. Ampaabeng has used econometric and statistical methods to model economic issues. He has also presented his work at conferences and working groups.

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Davis, S., Broussard, N., & Ampaabeng, S. ​(2015, November). Ripple Effects of Residential Care and Daycare Industries. Presentation at the APPAM Fall Research Conference, Miami, FL.

Davis, S., Broussard, N., & Ampaabeng, S. (2015, August). Ripple Effects in the Residential Care and Daycare Industries. Presentation at the National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics Annual Workshop, Atlanta, GA.​

Birson, K., Borgez-Mendez, R. & Ampaabeng, K. (2014). Asset profile of Puerto Ricans and other Latinos after the Great Recession: 2008 – 2010. In E. Melendez and C. Vargas-Ramos (Eds).​ Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium. (164-181). New York: Center for Puerto Rican Studies.