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Alison Hagy, Lecturing Fellow of Economics and Sanford School of Public Policy  

Office Location: 305 Social Sciences, Durham, NC 27708
Duke Box: 90097
Email Address: alison.hagy@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

    Ph.D., Duke University, 1992
    MA, Duke University, 1991
    BS, University of Richmond, 1986

    Research Categories: Child care, labor supply, tax policy

    Research Description: Professor Hagy’s research predominantly focuses on the demand for quality in child care. In her paper with David Blau, “The Demand for Quality in Child Care”, the authors estimate a model of demand for quality-related attributes of care: group size, staff/child ratio, and provider training. The results show that a decrease in the price of care causes an increase in hours of care demanded and a decrease in the demand for quality-related attributes of care. Income effects on demand for quality are small. In another study, Professor Hagy uses a hedonic price theory approach to estimate the demand for child care quality. She derives an implicit price for staff-to-child ratio. Direct purchase-of-service contracts or voucher programs, by subsidizing only those providers that satisfy state regulatory requirements, effectively lower the implicit price of regulated attributes, such as staff-to-child ratio. Results of this study suggest that such tied subsidies have almost no influence on the demand for child care quality.

    Office Hours:
    By appointment

    Recent Publications

    1. A.P. Hagy, J. Farley Ordovensky. "Immigrant Status, Race, and Institutional Choice in Higher Education." Economics of Education Review (2002).
    2. A.P. Hagy. "The Demand for Child Care Quality: An Hedonic Price Theory Approach." Journal of Human Resources (Summer, 1998).
    3. A.P. Hagy, David M. Blau. "The Demand for Quality in Child Care." Journal of Political Economy (February, 1998).
    4. A.P. Hagy, William M. Gentry. "The Distributional Effects of the Tax Treatment of Child Care Expenses." Empirical Foundations of Household Taxation (1996): 99-128.

    Alison Hagy