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Ben Kail

Assistant Professor

Affiliate Faculty Member of the Gerontology Institute


Ph.D., Florida State University, 2010

Aging and the Life Course, Political Economy, Welfare State/Social Policy, Health, and Demography

1050 General Classroom Building

(404) 413-6522


Dr. Kail joined the Georgia State University department of sociology in 2012 after finishing his doctoral work at Florida State University and spending two years as a postdoctoral scholar at the Duke University Population Research Institute.


Research and Teaching Interests


One line of Dr. Kail’s research focuses on the relationships between public and private benefits, work, unpaid work, and health throughout the life course. Recent publications have focused on the relationships between insurance benefits and postretirement employment, and the relationship between postretirement employment and unpaid productive activities after leaving full time work. As second line of Dr. Kail’s research explores state experimentation with welfare policies and the subsequent impact of these policies on the expansion of benefits. Recent publications in this area have focused on explaining means-tested benefit generosity during a period of retrenchment, and the impact of state experimentation on insurance coverage.


Dr. Kail’s teaching interests include aging and the life course, welfare state/social policy, work, health, research methods, and statistics.


Recent Publications

Kail, Ben Lennox and David F. Warner. (2013) "Leaving Retirement: Age-Graded Relative Risks of Transitioning Back to Work or Dying." Population Research and Policy Review. Forthcoming.

Carr, Dawn C., and Ben Lennox Kail. (2013) “The Influence of Unpaid Work on the Transition Out of Full-Time Paid Work.” The Gerontologist. 53 (1):92 - 101.


Kail, Ben Lennox. (2012). "Coverage or Costs: The Role of Health Insurance on Labor Market Reentry among Early Retirees." Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences 67B (1): 113-120.


Kail, Ben Lennox, and Marc Dixon. (2011). “The Uneven Patterning of Welfare Benefits at the Twilight of AFDC: Assessing the Influence of Institutions, Race, and Citizen Preferences." The Sociological Quarterly 53(3):376-399.