Dr. Jacob M. Benus

Dr. Jacob M. Benus, is the Co-Founder of IMPAQ International. From the beginning, he set the example we follow, insisting on the highest standards. After retiring in 2019, Dr. Benus continues to share his over 40 years of experience in research and evaluation with IMPAQ staff, as we work to fulfill the mission he created in 2001.


Dr. Benus specializes in designing and conducting impact evaluation projects for governmental organizations, with a special focus on unemployment insurance and other employment and training programs. Over the course of his career, he has designed and conducted a number of ground breaking, random-assignment, experimental design impact evaluation studies.


Dr. Benus has implemented projects for a wide variety of U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as for such international organizations as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He has led projects internationally, including in the Czech Republic, China, South Africa, Honduras, Peru, Jordan, Turkey, Armenia, Romania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. His international work has focused primarily on the design of new social safety net programs and the evaluation of their cost effectiveness.

Prior Experience

Prior to founding IMPAQ, Dr. Benus served as Project Director at the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) and Manager of the International Safety Net Group at Abt Associates Inc., where he directed many important and highly-regarded research and evaluation projects in poverty alleviation, employment and training, privatization, and active labor programs.


Dr. Benus earned his B.S. in Economics from the University of Maryland and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He has authored numerous papers and reports and has been published in leading professional journals.

Featured IMPAQ Publications and Presentations

Benus, J. (2015, November). The Impact of the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment Initiative. Presentation at the APPAM Fall Research Conference, Miami, FL.