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Dr. Kyle Albert

Assistant Research Professor
Address: 805 21st Street NW
Office 625
Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
Phone: 202-994-5365
[email protected]


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Kyle Albert is a sociologist who uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to study inequality in organizations and labor markets. Broadly speaking, he studies how the policy choices made by institutions – such as colleges, employers, trade associations and labor unions – affect the welfare of workers and opportunities for advancement in the labor market. He is particularly interested in research examining the value and effectiveness of non-degree credentials, such as professional certifications, as workers progress in their careers. Prior to joining GWIPP, Kyle was a Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow on Aging and Work at Harvard University and remains interested in exploring the reasons for inequality in job quality and satisfaction for older workers, including the many individuals who start entrepreneurial ventures in later life. He completed his Ph.D. in sociology at Cornell University, where his research was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Current Research

Inequality in Recertification Practices and Outcomes
Competency-based credentials often require that certificants and licensees maintain their credentials by completing continuing education units or engaging with professional associations, but little evidence exists to tell us how these requirements relate to continuing competence. Working with ANSI’s Workcred Institute, Kyle is completing research that explores inequality in who is most likely to pursue certifications and licenses that require revalidation and how credential maintenance requirements relate to labor market outcomes. He is also interested in exploring the reasons that many certificants resist competency-based recertification. In this research, he seeks to identify effective models of recertification that balance professionals’ concerns about the burden of retesting with the public’s interest in ensuring competency.
Demographic Change in Professional Membership Associations
Using data from the National Survey of College Graduates dating back to 1993, Kyle examines trends in professional association membership and finds that overall rates of membership are down substantially over the last two decades. However, this decline has been concentrated among lower income Americans. He also finds that age is no longer as strongly related to membership as it once was. These changes suggest that professional associations may be becoming less representative of the occupations they claim to represent over time. Looking ahead, he plans to conduct research that examines why some demographic groups may be becoming less engaged with associations and participating less in the professional development opportunities they offer.

Selected Publications

“Perception and Adoption of Occupational Licensure by Entrepreneurs: The Case of Tax Preparation in the US.”  Forthcoming in Industrial and Labor Relations Review. Equal authorship with Roman Galperin and Aleksandra Kacperczyk. 
“Green for All? Gender Segregation in Green Fields of Study.” Forthcoming in Social Problems. Equal authorship with Dafna Gelbgiser.