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Dr. Elaine J. Sorensen

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Senior Research Associate

Local Address: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Urban Institute
2100 M Street, N.W.
Washington Dc, District of Columbia 20037
United States

Company Description: The Urban Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research and educational organization that examines the social, economic, and governance challenges facing...   more

Employment History


  • Ph.D. , economics
    University of California , Berkeley
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As the economy sank, those fathers ..., 8 May 2014 [cached]
As the economy sank, those fathers fell behind on their payments and often wound up in jail or permanent debt, as Elaine Sorensen of the Urban Institute has documented.
"The thing worth noting about marriage ..., 1 Mar 2005 [cached]
"The thing worth noting about marriage promotion, it's really a prevention model of government involvement," says Elaine Sorensen, an economist at the Urban Institute."The fatherhood program is not.It's a crisis model, reacting to a crisis."And prevention, among its other virtues, is always cheaper than crisis intervention at a later point.
But Sorensen also thinks that it would be a mistake to abandon the crisis model entirely."As long as child support is there," she says, "we have the whole issue of noncustodial parents, and fatherhood programs are not going to be replaced.
APPAM: Biographies, 19 Dec 2007 [cached]
Elaine SorensenElaine Sorensen is a Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute, where she has worked for 17 years.Her current research focuses on low-income families and child support policy.Before that, she examined women's employment and comparable worth policies.Sorensen has published extensively on these issues and is routinely called upon to provide expert advice to policy makers, administrators, and the public.Prior to joining the Urban Institute, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.Sorensen received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1983.Prior to her election to the Policy Council, most of her professional service work has focused on integrating research into the programs and activities of the National Child Support Enforcement Association.
Author(s): Elaine Sorensen, ..., 16 June 2008 [cached]
Author(s): Elaine Sorensen, Chava Zibman
3. For the method used to correct for the widely recognized undercount of self-reported nonpayment by nonresident fathers, see the appendix to Sorensen and Zibman (2000).
Sorensen, Elaine, and Robert Lerman.
Sorensen, Elaine, and Chava Zibman.
Elaine Sorensen is a labor economist and principal research associate at the Urban Institute.Dr. Sorensen is an expert on child support policy and noncustodial fathers.She has published widely on these and related topics and regularly presents her work to pro-gram administrators, policymakers, and the public.She is currently working with California's child support program to assess the collectability of their arrears, and is examining the impact of the 1996 child support reforms on low-income children throughout the country.Before joining the Urban Institute, Dr. Sorensen was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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Elaine Sorenson of the Urban ..., 23 Mar 2014 [cached]
Elaine Sorenson of the Urban Institute wrote a paper entitled, Non-custodial fathers: Can they afford to pay more child support? [4] Even though there were still single mothers on welfare, Sorenson found that divorced fathers had money. In the minds of many who repeated Soreson's findings, she had confirmed that increases in child support awards were justified and more enforcement efforts were needed to extract money from the deadbeats.
Based on surveys of absent fathers, Elaine Sorenson of the Urban Institute estimates that more than $48 billion for children could be generated every year by a system of child support that found every absent parent and collected money according to the simple formula now in use in Wisconsin.
4. Sorenson, Elaine, Non-custodial fathers: Can they afford to pay more child support?, The Urban Institute, February 1995. 5. Project for the Improvement of Child Support Litigation Technology
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