Public Economics and Finance

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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Reagan A. Baughman Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Michigan Alumni List
John A. Hogan Distinguished Professor in Economics and Associate Professor of Economics, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Dr. Baughman received her bachelor’s degree in economics (with a minor in French) from Drew University in Madison, NJ and her Ph.D. in Economics from Syracuse University. She has been a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire since 2003, teaching undergraduate students in microeconomic theory courses, labor economics and public finance, and graduate students in health economics and research workshops. During the time she has been at UNH, she has spent time visiting two public policy organizations. She served as a Visiting Scholar at the New England Public Policy Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston during the summer of 2007 and as a Visiting Fellow at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office in Washington, DC from September 2009 to July 2010. Her favorite experience to date as a UNH professor has been accompanying 27 business and economics students to study at Corvinus University in Budapest during the Fall 2007 semester. While in Budapest, she taught a course in health economics to a group of students from 8 different countries and traveled with UNH students in Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.

Discipline: Economics
		

Katherine Grace Carman Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Harvard Alumni List
Economist
Director of Behavioral Finance Form
RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Carman received her PhD from Stanford University. She is also a Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on behavioral economics, health economics, and public economics. Dr. Carman is particularly interested in how individuals' beliefs, perceptions, and decisionmaking processes affect their choices. Currently she is studying health insurance decisions and retirement decisions. She is also interested in the effects of peer behavior and characteristics on individual choices.

Previously, Carman was an Assistant Professor at Tilburg University and affiliated with CentER and Netspar.

Discipline: Economics
		

Julie B. Cullen Ph.D.

Cohort 6 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Department of Economics
University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Dr. Cullen received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997. She was a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan until 2004. Professor Cullen is a public finance economist whose primary research interests are the economics of education, intergovernmental relations, and social insurance programs. Her research has been published in leading journals, such as Econometrica, Journal of Public Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics. She is currently a coeditor at the Journal of Human Resources, an associate editor at the Journal of Public Economics, and serves on several other editorial boards as well as the National Science Foundation Economics Advisory Panel.

Discipline: Economics
		

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
		

Ted Gayer Ph.D.

Cohort 6 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Vice President and Director of Economic Studies
Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow
Brookings Institution, Washington, DC

Dr. Gayer received his PhD from Duke University. He conducts research on a variety of economic issues, focusing particularly on public finance, environmental and energy economics, housing, and regulatory policy. Prior to joining the Brookings Institution in September 2009, he was associate professor of public policy at Georgetown University. From 2007 to 2008, he was deputy assistant secretary for Economic Policy at the Department of the Treasury. While at Treasury, he worked primarily on housing and credit market policies, as well as on energy and environmental issues, health care, Social Security and Medicare. From 2003 to 2004, he was a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he worked on environmental and energy policies. From 2006 to 2007, he was a visiting fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, and from 2004 to 2006 he was a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Discipline: Economics
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Gopi Shah Goda Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Harvard Alumni List
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Dr. Goda received her PhD in Economics at Stanford University. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. Her recent research studies include an examination of retirement savings behavior in response to financial education interventions designed to educate employees about the relationship between current retirement contributions and future retirement income; the role of default options in the choice between retirement plans; and an analysis of several hypotheses that seek to explain low rates of long-term care insurance coverage by seniors, among other topics in public finance and the economics of aging.

Discipline: Economics
		

Michael B. Greenstone Ph.D.

Cohort 5 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Milton Friedman Professor of Economics, Department of Economics
Director of The Energy Policy Institute
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Dr. Greenstone received a PhD in Economics from Princeton University and BA from Swarthmore College. He is also Director, Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. Dr. Greenstone is an energy and environmental economist. His research is focused on finding solutions to the global energy challenge that requires society to balance the goals of access to inexpensive and reliable energy that is critical for growth, while limiting environment damages and reducing the probability of disruptive climate change. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and an editor of the Journal of Political Economy. He previously served as the Chief Economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, and is a former member of the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board. Greenstone also directed the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project, which studies policies to promote economic growth, and has since joined its Advisory Council. Before coming to Chicago, Greenstone was the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT.  

Discipline: Economics
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Bradley J. Herring Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Yale Alumni List
Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Deputy Chair of Academic Affairs
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Herring received his PhD from University of Pennyslvania in 2002. His research focuses on a number of economic and public policy issues related to health insurance coverage. He has published articles in the Journal of Health Economics and New England Journal of Medicine, and is co-author of the book Pooling Health Insurance Risks. His research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, OECD, HHS ASPE, and AHRQ. For instance, his research has examined the availability of charity care to the uninsured, the individual health insurance market, Medicaid managed care, and insurer and hospital market concentration. More recently, he is examining the effect of health insurance coverage on health outcomes, the effect of rising health insurance premiums on worker wages, and the effect of the 2010 Affordable Care Act on employment-based insurance. Dr. Herring served for a year with the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers and recently served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Health Insurance Plan.

Discipline: Economics
		

Radha Iyengar Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Harvard Alumni List
Senior Economist
RAND Corporation, Washington, DC

Dr. Iyengar received her PhD in Economics from Princeton University. Prior to the Rand Corporation, she served in senior staff positions at the White House National Security Council, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy. Over the course of her government service, she was instrumental in executive actions on sexual assault and suicide prevention, budget and policy related to nuclear and energy infrastructure security and resilience, and security assistance and counterterrorism efforts in the the Middle East and North Africa. Before her government service, Iyengar worked as an economist at RAND. Her research has covered empirical evaluations of policies aimed at reducing violence including criminal violence, sexual assault, terrorist behavior, and sexual and intimate partner violence. At the outset of her career, she was an assistant professor at the London School of Economics.

Discipline: Economics