Economics of Poverty

Martha J. Bailey Ph.D.

Cohort 12 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Department of Economics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Bailey received both her PhD in Economics and MA in Economics from Vanderbilt University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College. She is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Affiliate at CESifo, and an IZA Research Fellow.  Her research focuses on issues in labor economics, demography and health in the United States, within the long-run perspective of economic history. Her work has examined the implications of the diffusion of modern contraception for women’s childbearing, career decisions, and the convergence in the gender gap. Most recently, her projects focus on evaluating the shorter and longer-term consequences of Great Society programs, including a recently co-edited book, Legacies of the War on Poverty. She is also the PI of the NSF-funded Longitudinal, Intergenerational Family Electronic Micro-data (LIFE-M) project.

Discipline: Economics
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Ingrid Gould Ellen Ph.D.

Cohort 4 — Yale Alumni List
Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service
Director, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
New York University, New York, NY

Dr. Ellen received a PhD, MPP and an AB (in Applied Mathematics) from Harvard University. She joined the NYU Wagner faculty in the fall of 1997 and presently teaches courses in microeconomics, urban economics, and urban policy. Dr. Ellen's research interests center on housing and urban policy.  She is author of Sharing America's Neighborhoods: The Prospects for Stable Racial Integration (Harvard University Press, 2000) and has written numerous journal articles and book chapters related to housing policy, community development, and school and neighborhood segregation. Before coming to NYU, Dr. Ellen held visiting positions at the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution.

Discipline: Economics
		

Eric A.Feldman Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Yale Alumni List
Professor of Law, School of Law
Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Feldman received both his PhD and JD from the University of California-Berkeley and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar.  His expertise is in Japanese law, comparative public health law, and law and society. His books and articles explore the comparative dimensions of rights, dispute resolution, and legal culture, often in the context of urgent policy issues including the regulation of smoking, HIV/AIDS, and other aspects of the health care system. Feldman has twice been a Fulbright Scholar in Japan, and has also been a Visiting Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and at the University of Trento in Italy, as well as a Visiting Scholar at Waseda University’s Graduate School of Law in Tokyo. He has received grants and fellowships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Bar Association, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council, among others. Prior to joining the Penn Law faculty, he spent five years as the Associate Director of the Institute for Law and Society at New York University. He is the author of The Ritual of Rights in Japan: Law, Society, and Health Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2000), the co-editor of Blood Feuds: AIDS, Blood, and the Politics of Medical Disaster (Oxford University Press, 1999) and Unfiltered: Conflicts over Tobacco Policy and Public Health (Harvard University Press, 2004), and has published academic articles in edited volumes and journals including the California Law Review, Law in Japan, American Journal of Comparative Law, Los Angeles Times, Social and Legal Studies, Hastings Center Report, Lancet, Law and Society Review, and the Michigan Journal of International Law.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Erica M. Field Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Harvard Alumni List
Professor, Department of Economics & Global Health
Duke University, Durham, NC

Dr. Field received her PhD in Economics from Princeton University. Dr. Field’s major fields of interests are development economics, labor economics, economic demography, and health. Specifically, her research focuses on the areas of marriage and family, property rights, global health, and finance and entrepreneurship. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative, and the Harvard Sustainability Science Program, among others. She has published work in various journals, including the American Economics Journal and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. She is currently working on projects that explore adolescent empowerment and education in Bangladesh, the effects of micro-finance on women and households in South Asia and India, and the impacts of access to family planning resources on fertility and health in Zambia.

Discipline: Economics
		

David Frisvold Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Dr. Frisvold received his PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University and his Bachelor of Science in Mathemathical Economics from Wake Forest University. Professor Frisvold’s research interests include health economics and the economics of education. He is interested in understanding whether and how public policies targeted towards children influence their health and education outcomes, and his research specifically focuses on childhood obesity, soft drink taxes, early childhood education, school quality, and food assistance programs.

His research has been published in leading economics and health policy journals including Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Health Affairs and has been funded by various institutes and organizations including the NIH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, University of California Davis Center for Poverty Research, and Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin.
 

Discipline: Economics
		

Darrick C. Hamilton Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Yale Alumni List
Associate Professor, Economics and Urban Policy, The Milano School of International Affairs and Urban Policy
Director of Public and Urban Policy Doctoral Programs
The New School, New York, NY

Dr. Hamilton received his PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1999. He is a faculty research fellow at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School, the president-elect of the National Economic Association (NEA), an associate director of the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics Program, serving on the Board of Overseers for the General Social Survey (GSS), the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Social Observatories Coordinating Network (SOCN), the National Academies of Sciences standing committee on Future of Major NSF-Funded Social Science Surveys, senior research associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, and co-principal investigator of the National Asset Scorecard in Communities of Color Project (NASCC).

Professor Hamilton is a stratification economist, whose work focuses on the causes, consequences and remedies of racial and ethnic inequality in economic and health outcomes, which includes an examination of the intersection of identity, racism, colorism, and socioeconomic outcomes.  He has authored numerous scholarly articles on socioeconomic stratification in education, marriage, wealth, homeownership, health (including mental health), and labor market outcomes.

He has written many articles/opinion-editorials, which include the translation of his research findings from academic journals to popular press publication, examples include the Atlanta Journal ConstitutionThe American Prospect, the Christian Science MonitorDissent Magazine, The New York TimesThe Huffington Post and the Washington Post. He has been cited quoted and has made many media appearances to debate social topics, discuss my research and offer insights on social policy in print and broadcast media outlets.   Finally, he has provided consultation to numerous government and not-for-profit organizations including AFL-CIO, American Human Development Project, Center for American Progress, Black Equity Alliance, CFED, Center for Social Development, Congressional Black Caucus, Council of Economic Advisors-The White House, Demos, Economic Policy Institute, Empire State Coalition of Youth and Family Services, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Food Bank of New York City, Insight: Center for Community and Economic Development, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, National Urban League, PolicyLink, SEIU, and U.S. Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Discipline: Economics
		

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach Ph.D.

Cohort 9 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
School of Education and Social Policy
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Dr. Whitmore Schanzenbach received her PhD in Econmics from Princeton. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her primary areas of research are education policy, childhood obesity and food consumption. Her research has been published in leading journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. She is also a research consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She studies policies aimed at improving the lives of children in poverty, including education, health, and income support policies. Her recent work has focused on tracing the impact of major public policies such as the Food Stamp Program and early childhood education on children’s long-term outcomes. Her recent paper with Susan Dynarski and Joshua Hyman on the impact of small classes in the early grades on college enrollment and completion won the Raymond Vernon Prize for the best article published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management in 2013.

Discipline: Economics