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
- Kapinos, KA, LR Bullinger and T Gurley-Calvez (Forthcoming). “The Affordable Care Act, Breastfeeding, and Breast Pump Health Insurance Coverage,” JAMA Pediatrics.
- T Gurley-Calvez, LR Bullinger, and Kapinos, KA. (2018). “Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Breastfeeding Outcomes,” American Journal of Public Health, 108(2): 277-283.
- Indiana Public Media, March 30, 2018: Breastfeeding Boost Attributed to Affordable Care Act.
- Kapinos, KA, LR Bullinger and T Gurley-Calvez (2017). Lactation Support Services and Breastfeeding Initiation: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act, Health Services Research, 52(6): 2175-2196.
- Slate, April 9, 2018: Insurance Companies Should Investing More, Not Less, in Breastfeeding.
- Bullinger, LR (2017). The Effect of Minimum Wages on Adolescent Fertility: A Nationwide Analysis, American Journal of Public Health, 107(3): 447-452.
- U.S. News and World Report, September 14, 2017: How Boosting the Minimum Wage Could Lower the Teen Birth Rate.
- KJZZ Phoenix, member NPR station, August 11, 2017: Researcher Looks at How Raising Minimum Wage Reduces Teen Pregnancy.
- The Public Health Post, May 1, 2017: “Minimum Wage as Birth Control?
- The Bloomington Herald-Times, March 10, 2017: “Raising the minimum wage decreases teen births, IU study finds.”
- Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2017: “For teens, a higher minimum wage could be an effective form of birth control.”
- Raissian, KM and LR Bullinger. (2017). Money Matters: Does Increasing the Minimum Wage Reduce Child Maltreatment? Children and Youth Services Review, 72, 60–70.
- Fast Company, August 31, 2017: “Raising the Minimum Wage Has Benefits Way Beyond Creating More Wealth for Workers.”
- MSN, August 21, 2017: “Minimum Wage & Child Neglect Cases.”
- Indiana Public Media, August 17, 2017: “Study: Increasing Minimum Wage Would Reduce Child Neglect Cases.”
- British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service Live, August 16, 2017. “Minimum Wage and Child Neglect.”
- Bullinger, LR and T Gurley-Calvez. (2016). WIC Participation and Maternal Behavior: Breastfeeding and Work Leave. Contemporary Economic Policy, 34(1): 158-172.
- “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)
- Institute for Research on Poverty, Research to Inform Child Support Policies and Programs, $21,814.
- Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, $60,000
- Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grant and Eli Ginzberg Special Award, $9,000
- Co-Investigator (with Maureen Pirog-PI and Ed Gerrish), “TANF and SNAP Asset Limits and the Financial Behavior of Low-Income Households” Pew Charitable Trusts Financial Security and Mobility Project, Contract Amount: $30,000
- Mathematica Policy Research, Summer Fellowship, $10,500
- Co-Investigator (with Kandice Kapinos-PI and Tami Gurley-Calvez), “The Affordable Care Act, Lactation Support Services, and Breastfeeding” (R40MC283050100) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration. Total Direct Costs: $99,746
- Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop Participant, Columbia University Population Research Center, $600
- AcademyHealth Presidential Scholarship for Child Health Policy, $1,300