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Mon, Oct 24 at noon:
Academic innovation & the global public research university, James Hilton

Martha J. Bailey

Research Associate Professor, Population Studies Center.

Associate Professor, Economics.

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Dr. Bailey’s research focuses on issues in labor economics, demography and health in the United States, within the longer-run perspective of economic history. Her research has examined the implications of the diffusion of modern contraception for women’s childbearing, career decisions, and the convergence in the gender gap. Her most recent projects focus on evaluating the shorter and longer-term effects of Great Society programs, including a recently published book (co-edited with Sheldon Danziger) on the legacies of the War on Poverty. Bailey is an NBER Faculty Research Fellow and in 2007 was an RWJ Health Policy Research Scholar.

Select Publications


Bailey, Martha J., and Sheldon H. Danziger. 2013. Legacies of the War on Poverty. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. Abstract. Public Access.

Journal Articles

DiPrete, Thomas A., and Martha J. Bailey. 2016. "Five Decades of Remarkable but Slowing Change in U.S. Women's Economic and Social Status and Political Participation." RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 2(4): 1-32. DOI.

Bailey, Martha J., and Brenden Timpe. 2016. "Hope for America's next generation." Science, 352(6286): 661-662. PMCID: PMC4900691. DOI.

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

Bailey, Martha J., and Nicolas J. Duquette. 2014. "How Johnson Fought the War on Poverty: The Economics and Politics of Funding at the Office of Economic Opportunity." Journal of Economic History, 74(2): 351-388. PMCID: PMC4266933. DOI. Abstract.

Bailey, Martha J., Olga Malkova, and Johannes Norling. 2014. "Do Family Planning Programs Decrease Poverty? Evidence from Public Census Data." CESifo Economic Studies, 60(2): 312-337. PMCID: PMC4206087. DOI. Abstract.

Bailey, Martha J. 2013. "Fifty years of family planning: New evidence on the long-run effects of increasing access to contraception." Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, : 341-395. PMCID: PMC4203450. DOI. Abstract.

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Current PSC Trainees:

Bryan Stuart, Melanie Wasserman.