Martha J. Bailey
Professor of Economics
Martha J. Bailey’s research focuses on labor economics, demography and health in the U.S. in the context of a long-term economic history. Her work has examined the effect of modern contraception for women’s childbearing, career decisions and the gender gap in wages.
Access to birth control among lower-income women was curtailed by pandemic’s lockdown
Modest loss of jobs followed 1966 law, but millions won substantial raises
Unintended pregnancies decline when copays and patient fees are eliminated
Large study sees increases in education, declines in public assistance