Melissa S. Kearney is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland. She is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); a non-resident Senior Fellow at Brookings; a scholar affiliate and member of the board of the Notre Dame Wilson-Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO); and a scholar affiliate of the MIT Abdul Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and co-chair of the J-PAL cities and states inititative.
Kearney served as Director of the Hamilton Project at Brookings from 2013-2015 and currently serves on the Project's Advisory Council. She has held leadership positions in the Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) and is a member of the Research Advisory Council of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. She has testified before Congress on the issue of income inequality. Prior to joining the Maryland faculty in 2006, Kearney was a fellow at the Brookings Institution and Assistant Professor at Wellesley College. Professor Kearney received her PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002 and her BA from Princeton University in 1996. She studied on a National Science Graduate Research Fellowship and a Harry S Truman Scholarship.
Kearney's research focuses on issues of social policy, poverty, and inequality. Many of her papers examine the effect of government programs and economic conditions on the behaviors and outcomes of economically disadvantaged populations. Her work has been published in leading academic journals and has been frequently cited in the popular press. Kearney teaches Public Economics at both the undergraduate and PhD level at the University of Maryland.
- The Impacts of Economic Conditions and Government Tax and Transfer Programs on Low Income Families and Individuals
- Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
|Course Name||Course Title||Semester||Syllabus|
|ECON752||Public Economics II||Spring 2017|
|ECON454||Public Finance and Public Policy||Fall 2016|
|ECON326||Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis||Spring 2016||Syllabus|
|ECON752||Public Economics II||Spring 2016||Syllabus|
|ECON326||Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis||Fall 2015||Syllabus|
- Media Influences on Social Outcomes: The Impact of MTV's 16 and Pregnant on Teen Childbearing , Melissa S. Kearney and Phillip B. Levine , The American Economic Review 105(12) , 3597-3632 , December 2015.
- The Supplemental Security Income Program , Mark Duggan, Melissa S. Kearney, Stephanie Rennane , Economics of Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States, ed. Robert Moffitt 2 , October 2015.
- Do Lottery Payments Induce Savings Behavior? Evidence from the Lab , Emel Filiz Ozbay, Jonathan Guryan, Kyle Hyndman, Melissa Kearney, and Erkut Y. Ozbay , Journal of Public Economics 126 , 1-24 , June 2015.
- Investigating Recent Trends in the U.S. Teen Birth Rates , Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine , Journal of Health Economics 41 , 15-29 , May 2015.
- Income Inequality and Early, Non-Marital Childbearing , Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine , Journal of Human Resources 49(1) , 1-31 , December 2014.
- House Prices and Birth Rates: The Impact of the Real Estate Market on the Decision to Have a Baby , Lisa Dettling and Melissa Kearney , Journal of Public Economics 110 , 82-100 , February 2014.
- Exploring the Growth of the Child SSI Caseload in the Context of the Broader Policy and Demographic Landscape , Anna Aizer, Nora Gordon, Melissa Kearney , Presented at NBER/SSA Disability Research Conference , October 2013.
- Product Recalls, Imperfect Information, and Spillover Effects: Lessons from the Consumer Response to the 2007 Toy Recalls , Seth Freedman, Melissa Kearney, and Mara Lederman , Review of Economics and Statistics 94(2) , 499-516 , May 2012.
- Why is the Teen Birth Rate So High in the United States and Why Does it Matter? , Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine , Journal of Economic Perspectives 26(2) , 141-163 , April 2012.
- Is Lottery Gambling Addictive? , Jonathan Guryan and Melissa Kearney , AEJ: Economic Policy 2(3) , 90-110 , August 2010.
- Subsidized Contraception, Fertility, and Sexual Behavior , Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine , Review of Economics and Statistics 91(1) , 137-151 , February 2009.
- Parental Education and Parental Time with Children , Jonathan Guryan, Erik Hurst, and Melissa Kearney , Journal of Economic Perspectives 22(3) , 23-46 , July 2008.
- Trends in U.S. Wage Inequality: Revising the Revisionists , David H. Autor, Lawrence F. Katz, and Melissa Kearney , The Review of Economics and Statistics 90(2) , 300-323 , May 2008.
- Gambling at Lucky Stores: Evidence from State Lottery Sales , Jonathan Guryan and Melissa Kearney , American Economic Review 98(1) , 458-473 , March 2008.
- The Impact of Child SSI Enrollment on Household Outcomes , Mark Duggan and Melissa Kearney , Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 26(4) , 861-886 , September 2007.
- State Lotteries and Consumer Behavior , Melissa Kearney , Journal of Public Economics 89(11-12) , 2269-2299 , December 2005.
- Rising Wage Inequality: The Role of Composition and Prices , David H. Autor, Lawrence F. Katz, Melissa Kearney , NBER Working Paper No. 11628 , September 2005.
- The Economic Winners and Losers of Legalized Gambling , Melissa Kearney , National Tax Journal 58(2) , 281-302 , June 2005.
- Is There an Effect of Incremental Welfare Benefits on Fertility Behavior? A Look at the Family Cap , Melissa Kearney , Journal of Human Resources 39(2) , 295-325 , April 2004.
Department of Economics