Selected Publications

  • Work, Welfare, and Family Structure: What Have We Learned?

    in Fiscal Policy: Lessons From Economic Research, edited by Alan Auerbach. MIT Press: Cambridge, Mass, 1997, 101-146

  • Does Welfare Play Any Role in Female Headship Decisions?

    in Journal of Public Economics, Volume 65 No. 2, 89-117, August 1997

    Previous studies have examined whether the welfare system has contributed to the dramatic increase in single-parent families. This paper explores why the results in this literature are sensitive to the presence of state fixed effects. It considers one natural explanation, namely that the composition of the population differs across states in ways that are related to welfare program generosity. After controlling for individual effects the results provide no evidence that welfare raises the propensity to form female-headed households for either whites or blacks. These results illustrate the potential pitfalls of assuming that state factors are fixed over a long period of time. They also suggest that previous studies may have overstated the effect of welfare programs on family structure.

  • The Impact of Demographics on Housing and Non-Housing Wealth in the United States

     in The Economic Effects of Aging in the United States and Japan, edited by Michael D. Hurd and Naohiro Yashiro. University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 1997, 153-194. (with Daniel McFadden)

  • The Effectiveness of Financial Work Incentives in DI and SSI: Lessons from Other Transfer Programs

    in Disability, Work and Cash Benefts, edited by Jerry Mashaw, Virginia Reno, Richard Burkhauser, and Monroe Berkowitz. Upjohn: Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1996, 189-222. (with Robert Moffitt)

  • Welfare Transfers in Two-Parent Families

    Econometrica, Volume 64 No. 2, 295-332, March 1996

  • Has the Decline in Benefits Shortened Welfare Spells?

    American Economic Review, Volume 84 No. 2, 43- 48, 1994. (with Thomas MaCurdy)

  • The Power of Rivers: A Business Case
  • Envisioning the Asian New Flagship University: Its Past and Vital Future

    Envisioning the Asian New Flagship University critically examines how leading universities within the Asia-Pacific region are responding in a time of accelerated and uncertain change. The book argues for building a deeper understanding through a holistic and expansive framework that considers the many and diverse roles played by such institutions: as drivers of social mobility and economic advancement, as stewards of a spirit of public and community service, as a partner with government and business, and as a creator of new knowledge and future leaders.