Robert Lerman is an Institute fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute as well as professor of economics at American University and a research fellow at IZA in Bonn, Germany. A leading expert on apprenticeship, he recently established the American Institute for Innovative Apprenticeship. His current research focus is on skills, employer training, apprenticeship programs in the United States and abroad as well as housing policies.
Robert's Most Recent Stories
March 3, 2017
Homeownership vouchers would help the new Housing and Urban Development secretary reduce poverty and also use government resources more efficiently. Continue reading →
June 13, 2014
Traveling to BMW’s only American plant, where they’ve imported the German tradition of apprenticeships, Paul Solman speaks with long-time apprenticeship advocate and American University economist Bob Lerman about how pushing everyone onto the same path of a four-year college degree reduces equality. Continue reading →
February 7, 2013
Economist Bob Lerman proposes a solution to the youth unemployment crisis in the United States. Lerman argues the quickest way to getting unemployed kids off the streets and onto the payroll is through work apprenticeships. Unlike internships, apprenticeships train young … Continue reading →