Edith Yang
Research Associate, Economic Mobility, Housing, and Communities

Yang joined MDRC in 2008, and her work has spanned the areas of employment, affordable housing, community development, and postsecondary education. She codirects an evaluation of a Housing First intervention with shared medical appointments that aims to reduce homelessness and substance abuse relapse among “frequent users” of social systems. She is the technical leader of the Paycheck Plus replication study in Atlanta (a simulation of an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income single workers with no dependent children), the Chicago’s New Communities Program evaluation (which studies how community groups in Chicago collaborate to improve their neighborhoods), the Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success project (which studies whether technology-mediated advising can improve college students’ academic outcomes), the African-American Male Initiative evaluation (which studies whether the program improves minority students’ performance in higher education), and the Change Capital Fund’s Wage Data study (an effort to build community organizations’ ability to use data they collect in the course of administering their programs to further develop and improve those programs). She also works on a cost analysis for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Jobs Plus process study. In the past, she has conducted participation, impact, and benefit-cost analyses for Opportunity NYC, Project Rise, and the Employment Retention and Advancement evaluation. Yang holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University.