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Elizabeth O. Ananat, Associate Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Economics and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Affiliate of Center for Child and Family Policy

Elizabeth O. Ananat

Elizabeth Oltmans Ananat is Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies and Economics at Duke University. She received a B.A. in political economy and mathematics at Williams College in 1999, a master's degree in public policy from the Ford School at the University of Michigan in 2001, and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006. In 2010 she served as Senior Economist for Labor, Education, and Welfare at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Her research focuses on the intergenerational dynamics of poverty and inequality. (On leave, 2015-2016)

Contact Info:
Office Location:  201 Science Drive, 230 Rubenstein Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 613-7302
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Ph.D.Massachusetts Institute of Technology2006
Master of Public PolicyFord School of Public Policy, University of Michigan2001
B.A.Williams College1999

Poverty and Inequality
Research Interests:

The intergenerational transmission of poverty and inequality; the economics of family formation and fertility; the causes and effects of racial segregation; the effects of economic change on youth


Adolescent Behavior • Economic Recession • Poverty • Risk-Taking • Sexual Behavior

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Marina Gorsuch  
  • Yulya Truskinovsky  
  • Rebecca Lehrman  
  • Puneet K Chehal  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. E.O. Ananat with Anna Gassman-Pines and Christina Gibson-Davis, Statewide job losses increase adolescent suicide-related behaviors, American Journal of Public Health (2014)
  2. Gibson-Davis, C; Ananat, EO; Gassman-Pines, A, The Effect of Local Economic Downturns on Teen Births: Evidence from North Carolina, Revise and Resubmit, Demography (2012) [html] [job loss, economics, adolescence]
  3. Ananat, EO; Fu, S; Ross, SL, Race-Specific Agglomeration Economies: Social Distance and the Black-White Wage Gap no. 18993 (April, 2013) [pdf]  [abs] [racial inequality, economics]
  4. E.O. Ananat with Anna Gassman-Pines, Dania Francis, and Christina Gibson-Davis, Children Left Behind: The Effects of Statewide Job Loss on Student Achievement, NBER Working Papers no. 17104 (2013) [w17104.pdf] [job loss]
  5. Ananat, EO; Hungerman, DM, The Power of the Pill for the Next Generation: Oral Contraception's Effects on Fertility, Abortion, and Maternal & Child Characteristics., The Review of Economics and Statistics, vol. 94 no. 1 (February, 2012), pp. 37-51, ISSN 0034-6535 [22389533], [doi]  [abs] [family structure]
  6. Ananat, EO, The wrong side(s) of the tracks: The causal effects of racial segregation on urban poverty and inequality, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, vol. 3 no. 2 (April, 2011), pp. 34-66, American Economic Association, ISSN 1945-7782 [pdf], [doi]  [abs] [poverty, racial inequality]
  7. Ananat, EO; Washington, E, Segregation and Black political efficacy, Journal of Public Economics, vol. 93 no. 5-6 (June, 2009), pp. 807-822, Elsevier BV, ISSN 0047-2727 [pdf], [doi]  [abs] [racial inequality]
  8. Ananat, EO; Gruber, J; Levine, PB; Staiger, D, Abortion and selection, The Review of Economics and Statistics, vol. 91 no. 1 (February, 2009), pp. 124-136, MIT Press - Journals, ISSN 0034-6535 [Selection.%22], [doi]  [abs] [economics]
  9. Ananat, EO; Michaels, G, The effect of marital breakup on the income distribution of women with children, The Journal of Human Resources, vol. 43 no. 3 (January, 2008), pp. 611-629, University of Wisconsin Press, ISSN 0022-166X [pdf], [doi]  [abs] [poverty, single parents]
  10. Ananat, EO; Gruber, J; Levine, P, Abortion legalization and life-cycle fertility, The Journal of Human Resources, vol. 42 no. 2 (March, 2007), pp. 375-397, ISSN 0022-166X  [abs] [public policy]

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