Dara Lee Luca, Ph.D.


        Researcher (Fall 2015 - )
        Mathematica Policy Research

        Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)
        Harvard Kennedy School

        Research Associate (Fall 2013 - Summer 2015)
        Department of Global Health and Population
        Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

        Visiting Scholar (Summer 2014)
        Goldman School of Public Policy
        University of California, Berkeley

        Assistant Professor (Fall 2011 - Spring 2015)
        Department of Economics
        University of Missouri

Contact Information

        Email: dleeluca@mathematica-mpr.com

Fields of Interest

   health economics, labor economics, and law and economics.

Curriculum Vitae  [pdf]
Paper And Publications

Can Alcohol Prohibition Reduce Violence Against Women? (joint with Emily Owens and Gunjan Sharma). American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 2015, 105(5): 625-29.

Impact of Pneumococcal Vaccination on Pneumonia Hospitalizations and Related Costs in Ontario: A Population-Based Ecological Study (joint with Jeff Kwong, Anna Chu, Beate Sander, Ryan O'Reilly, Allison McGeer, David Bloom). Forthcoming in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Improving the Earnings of Youth with Health Impairments Through Comprehensive Training and Employment Services: Evidence from the Job Corps Program. (joint with Heinrich Hock, Tim Kautz, and David Stapleton) Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research.

The Impact of School Improvement Grants on Practices and Student Outcomes: Findings from a National Evaluation Using a Regression Discontinuity Design (joint with Lisa Dragoset, Jaime Thomas, Mariesa Herrmann, John Deke, Susanne James-Burdumy) Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research.

The Effectiveness and Effects of Alcohol Regulation: Evidence from India (joint with Emily Owens and Gunjan Sharma). Under review.

The Global Demography of Aging: Facts, Explanations, Future (joint with David Bloom). In: Piggott, J., Woodland, A. (Eds.), Handbook of the Economics of Population Aging. 2016. vol. 1A. Elsevier. North-Holland, Amsterdam.

Benefits and Costs of the Women's Health Targets for the Post-2015 Development Agenda (joint with Johanne Iverson, Alyssa Shiraishi Lubet, Elizabeth Mitgang, Kristine Johanne Iversen, Alyssa Shiraishi Lubet, Elizabeth Mitgang, Kristine Husøy Onarheim, Klaus Prettner, David E. Bloom) Women's Health Perspective Paper prepared for the Post-2015 Consensus, Copenhagen Consensus Center. 
See 1-page summary here (Media coverageTIME magazine)

Higher Education and Economic Growth in Africa (with David E. Bloom, David Canning, and Kevin Chan) 2014. International Journal of African Higher Education 1(1): 22-57.

The State of the World Population Report 2016. (with David Bloom, Jeffrey Edmeades, Gretchen Luchsinger, Louise Searle, Lyric Thompson, Ayla Black, Rachel Clement, Alyssa Lubet, Johanne Helene Iversen, Michael Kuhn, Kristine Husøy Onarheim, Klaus Prettner). New York, NY: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The Impact of Repealing Sunday Closing Laws on Educational Attainment Journal of Human Resources, 2013, 48(2):286-310)

Final Impacts of the AIM 4 Teen Moms Program (with Reginald Covington, Brian Goesling, Christopher Trenholm, Jennifer Manlove, Kate Welti, Pamela Drake, and Jill Glassman). Washington, DC: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health, February 2017. 

Final Impacts of the Teen Options to Prevent Pregnancy Program (with Dana Rotz, Brian Goesling, Elizabeth Cook, Kelly Murphy, and Jack Stevens). Cambridge, MA: Mathematica Policy Research, July 2016.

Comment on Lee and Smith "Regional Disparities in Adult Height, Educational Attainment and Gender Differences in Late-Life Cognition," The Journal of Economics of Ageing, 2014, 4(1): 35-36.

The Effects of Mandatory Vaccination Laws on Childhood Health and Adult Educational Attainment (previously circulated as "The Impact of Childhood Health on Adult Educational Attainment: Evidence from Mandatory School Vaccination Laws")