My research focuses on poverty and inequality and how social welfare policy, family formation, and family structure contribute to the health, well-being, and social mobility of children and families.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Working Papers

  • “More Time, Healthier Moms and Babies? The Effects of Paid Family Leave in the United States,” Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Health Economics
  • “Prescription Contraception Consumption Trends After the Affordable Care Act” (with Kosali Simon), Revise and Resubmit, Maternal and Child Health Journal
  • “Trends in Opioid Abuse and Dependency in Households with Children” (with Coady Wing), Under Review
  • Intergenerational Income Mobility and Child Maltreatment in the United States (with Kerri Raissian and Will Schneider), Under Review
  • “Fire and Police Departments as Child Protection: The Effect of Save Haven Laws on Infant Deaths” [Job Market Paper]

Work in Progress

  • “Fostering Health: How Do Medicaid Age Extensions Influence Former Foster Youth?”
  • “Financial Incentives and Foster Care Adoptions: Evidence from the Adoption Tax Credit”
  • “Child Support and the Affordable Care Act”
  • “What About the Children? How the Opioid Epidemic is Affecting Child Well-Being” (with Ben Ward)
  • “What Do We Know About Instability and Child-Well-being?” (with Clinton Boyd, Scott Brown, Kelley Fong, and Anika Schenck-Fontaine)
  • “Does Unemployment Affect Child Maltreatment? A National Study” (with Kerri Raissian and Will Schneider)
  • “Does the Minimum Wage Affect Child Maltreatment and Parenting Behaviors? A City-level Analysis” (with Kerri Raissian and Will Schneider)

Research Support