Assistant Professor of Economics
Tanya Byker is an assistant professor of economics at Middlebury College. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan in 2014 and Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in economics and philosophy from Swarthmore College. Her research focuses on the interrelated choices individuals make about education, work, and parenthood. She has studied how birth-related career interruptions in the United States vary by mother’s education, and the ways that parental leave laws impact labor-supply decisions. In a developing country context, she has studied how access to family planning impacts fertility and longer-term outcomes such as schooling and employment in Peru and South Africa. She was the recipient of a W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research Early Career Research Award in 2017. She is a research economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research for 2017–2018.
- 2018, Using IRS tax data to measure the long-term effects of California’s 2004 Paid Family Leave Act, $75,868, co-funded with the Russell Sage Foundation