Martha J. Bailey

Adjunct Research Professor, PSC
Martha J. Bailey

BIO

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.