Welcome!

I am a Professor in the Department of Economics and a Research Professor at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. I am also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Affiliate at CESifo, and an IZA Research Fellow. My research focuses on issues in labor economics, demography and health in the United States, within the long-run perspective of economic history. My work has examined the implications of the diffusion of modern contraception for women’s childbearing, career decisions, and the convergence in the gender gap. Most recently, my projects focus on evaluating the shorter and longer-term consequences of Great Society programs, including a recently co-edited book, Legacies of the War on Poverty. I am also the PI of the NSF-funded Longitudinal, Intergenerational Family Electronic Micro-data (LIFE-M) project.

What's New
My research on the positive economic effects of contraception got me cited on Bloomberg's 2018 People to Watch List! Here's a recent UM press release about our paper.
I was honored to receive the 2017 John Dewey Teaching Award from UM's College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
Very cool video in Principles of Macroeconomics featuring my work
Check out the 20th Century County Vital Records Dataset, 1915-2007, at ICPSR

Contact Information
University of Michigan
Department of Economics
611 Tappan Street, 207 Lorch Hall
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48109-1220

Phone: (734) 647-6874 Fax: (734) 764-4338
baileymj [at] umich [dot] edu
Twitter: @martha_j_bailey
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