Peter Mueser is Chancellor's Professor in the Department of Economics and the Truman School of Government and Public Affairs. His work focuses on the design and implementation of analysis and evaluation of labor market programs and institutions, largely focused on programs designed to benefit disadvantaged workers in the labor market and to support families facing economic setbacks. His work includes the examination of programs designed to enhance job search skills and aid workers in obtaining employment, programs that support the development of productivity-enhancing skills through vocational training (WIA, TAA, for-profit schools), programs to support educational signaling (high school equivalency), and programs to aid families facing labor market hardship (food stamps/SNAP and interaction with the Unemployment Insurance benefits).
Professor Mueser has recently published papers providing an evaluation of job search assistance programs during the Great Recession based on a random assignment experimental design (Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2018). Two recent papers use regression discontinuity methods to evaluate the labor market impacts of high school equivalency certification (Journal of Labor Economics, 2017, and Journal of Political Economy, 2016). Recent studies examine food stamp (SNAP) and Unemployment Insurance programs that aid families facing labor market hardship (Upjohn Institute, 2019). He has also undertaken propensity score matching method in evaluations of the WIA job training program and the Trade Adjustment Assistance program (IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 2013). Earlier work provided nonexperimental evaluations of the JTPA training program (Review of Economics and Statistics, 2007), and training programs for TANF recipients (Journal of Labor Economics, 2006).