Martha J. Bailey

Research Professor, PSC
Professor, Economics
Martha J. Bailey


Martha Bailey received her B.A. in Economics, Mathematics, and German Literature from Agnes Scott College and her Ph.D. in Economics from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining the University of Michigan economics faculty, she was a scholar in the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Program. Dr. Bailey is now a Professor of Economics and a Research Professor with the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR). She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Bailey is currently an editor at the Journal of Labor Economics and on the editorial
board at American Economic Review and the Journal of Economic Literature. Dr. Bailey has been elected to the American Economic Association's Executive Committee and the Society of Labor Economics Board.

Bailey's research focuses on issues in labor economics, demography, and health in the United States within the long-run perspective of economic history. Her work has examined the implications of the diffusion of modern contraception for women's childbearing, career decisions, and compensation as well as the shorter and longer- term effects of Great Society programs, including a co-edited book entitled The Legacies of the War on Poverty. Recent work is constructing the LIFE-M database, a revolutionary collection of records that will allow the study of inequality over the 20th century. Her research has won the IZA Prize for the Best Young Labor Economist, the Arthur H. Cole Prize for the best article in the Journal of Economic History, and the CESifo Distinguished Research Affiliate Award for Best Paper by an Economist under 35.

Bailey's work has recently appeared in the American Economic Review and Quarterly Journal of Economics and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. Bailey has also won several college-level awards for outstanding teaching.