- Co-author: Kathy Michelmore
- Journal of Labor Economics (Forthcoming)
- Winner of the 2016 Michael J. Moore Dissertation Prize for Best Paper in Applied Microeconomics
- Presentations: 2017: U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; 2016: Society of Labor Economists, National Tax Association, Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management, Cleveland State University, University of Michigan, Economic History Association (poster), International Institute of Public Finance, Western Economic Association; 2015: Southern Economic Association, National Tax Association, Mannheim Tax Conference, Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management, Midwest Economic Association; 2014: University of Michigan H2D2 Research Conference (poster).
- ABSTRACT: The rise of working mothers radically changed the U.S. economy and the role of women in society. In one of the first studies of the 1975 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), I find that this program increased maternal employment by 7 percent, representing one million mothers. The EITC can help explain why the U.S. has long had such a high fraction of working mothers despite few childcare subsidies or parental-leave policies. This influx of working mothers likely had subsequent effects on the country: I find evidence that the EITC affected social attitudes and led to higher approval of working women.
WORK IN PROGRESS
"Does the Earned Income Tax Credit Pay for Itself? Evidence from State Tax Revenue"
"The Role of the Earned Income Tax Credit in the Narrowing of the Gender Wage Gap"
"The Impact of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on the Black-White Income Gap: 50 Years Later
"How Much of the Gender and Racial Wage Gap Can Be Explained by Discriminatory Attitudes?"