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,” Under Review
  • “Prescription Contraception Consumption Trends After the Affordable Care Act” (with Kosali Simon), Under Review
  • “Trends in Opioid Abuse and Dependency in Households with Children” (with Coady Wing), 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”
  • “What About the Children? How the Opioid Epidemic is Affecting Child Well-Being” (with Ben Ward)
  • “Does Limiting Assets Limit Self-Sufficiency? The Impact of SNAP and TANF Asset Limits on Financial Behavior of Low-Income Households (with Ed Gerrish and Maureen Pirog)
  • “Intergenerational Mobility and Child Maltreatment: Using Administrative Data to Examine the Relationship” (with Kerri Raissian and Will Schneider)
  • “What Do We Know About Instability and Child-Well-being?” (with Clinton Boyd, Scott Brown, Kelley Fong, and Anika Schenck-Fontaine)
  • “Do Local Economic Policies Affect Child Maltreatment? Evidence from Administrative and Survey Data” (with Kerri Raissian and Will Schneider)

Research Support