Paul Ong


UCLA Public Affairs & Urban Planning
5287 Public Affairs Bldg
Box 951656
Los Angeles, CA 90095


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Ph.D., UC Berkeley

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Professor Ong has done research on the labor market status of minorities and immigrants, displaced high-tech workers, work and welfare and transportation access. He is currently engaged in several projects, including studies on the effects of neighborhood economies on welfare and work, community economic development in minority communities, and the labor market for healthcare workers.

Previous research projects have included studies of the impact of defense cuts on California's once-dominant aerospace industry, the impact of immigration on the employment status of young African Americans, and the influence of car ownership and subsidized housing on welfare usage. He was co-author of a widely reported 1994 study on Asian Pacific Americans, which challenged the popular stereotype of Asians as the country's "model minority" by showing they are just as likely as other groups to be impoverished. Dr. Ong has served as an advisor to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, and to the California Department of Social Services and the state Department of Employment Development, as well as the Wellness Foundation and the South Coast Air.


  • Paul M. Ong, "Car Ownership and Welfare-to-Work," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 21, No. 2, Spring 2002, pp. 255-268.
  • Paul Ong, "Set-Aside Contracting in S.B.A.'s 8(A) Program," Review of Black Political Economy Vol 28, No. 3, Winter 2001, pp. 59-71.
  • Paul M. Ong, editor, The State of Asian Pacific America: Transforming Race Relations, Asian Pacific American Public Policy Institute, LEAP and UCLA AASC, Los Angeles, CA, 2000.
  • Paul Ong, editor, Impacts of Affirmative Action: Policies and Consequences in California, Alta Mira Press, 1999.
  • Paul Ong, Edna Bonacich, and Lucie Cheng, editors, The New Asian Immigration in Los Angeles and Global Restructuring, Temple University Press, 1994.