Martha Bailey
Martha Bailey

Professor of Economics and Research Professor

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Martha Bailey is a professor of economics and a research professor at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. She is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. 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 and the short- and long-term effects of Great Society programs, including a co-edited book titled Legacies of the War on Poverty. 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 years of age. Bailey also won several college-level awards for outstanding teaching, including most recently the 2017 John Dewey Teaching Award, and currently serves on the editorial boards at the Journal of Economic Literature and the American Economic Review.


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