Martha Bailey

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
LSA: Social Sciences
Associate Professor 
Short bio: 

B.A., Agnes Scott College, 1997

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2005

Research summary: 

Bailey’s 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 compensation.  Recent work focuses on evaluating the shorter and longer-term effects of Great Society programs, including a co-edited book entitled the Legacies of the War on Poverty.

Recent publications: 

Legacies of the War on Poverty  ( chapter 1 ) (coedited with Sheldon Danziger). (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2013).

The War on Poverty's Experiment in Public Medicine: Community Health Centers and the Mortality of Older Americans (with Andrew Goodman-Bacon),  American Economic Review 105(3), March 2015: 1067-1104. PMCID: PMC4436657

How the U.S Fought the War on Poverty: The Economics and Politics of Funding at the Office of Economic Opportunity 
(with Nicolas J. Duquette), Journal of Economic History,  June 2014: 351-388.

Do Family Planning Programs Decrease Poverty? Evidence from Public Census Data (with Olga Malkova and Johannes Norling), CESifo Economic Studies, March 2014. doi: 10.1093/cesifo/ifu011. PMCID: PMC4206087

Fifty Years of Family Planning: New Evidence on the Long-Run Effects of Increasing Access to Contraception
Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Spring 2013: 341-409. Data and dofiles are available here. PMCID: PMC4203450