Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Mia Bird

Lecturer

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic Demography
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Social Welfare Policy

Biography

Mia Bird holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy, M.A. in Demography and MPP from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on how the structures of our major social welfare programs interact with individual decision-making with respect to marriage, childbearing and labor force participation. Her dissertation work investigates the effects of restrictions in welfare programs on marital bargaining power and intra-household resource allocations toward low-income women with young children. Her current work evaluates the relationship between child support enforcement policies and the labor force participation and criminal activities of low-skilled men. Bird also works as research fellow with the Public Policy Institute of California, focusing on the corrections and health and human services policies.