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.
Why the COVID-19 Baby Bust May Be Far Smaller Than Expected
Access to birth control among lower-income women was curtailed by pandemic’s lockdown
‘Fight for 15’ Debate: What Happens after a Big Boost in Minimum Wage?
Modest loss of jobs followed 1966 law, but millions won substantial raises
Free Birth Control, Fewer Births
Unintended pregnancies decline when copays and patient fees are eliminated
Head Start, the Public Preschool Program, More Than Pays for Itself
Large study sees increases in education, declines in public assistance