Patricia M. Anderson

Professor of Economics

I am interested in applied microeconomics, where I use real-world data and empirical methods to explore causal relationships. I have specific interests in child health and nutrition and in social insurance programs, and have published on the incentives inherent in the U.S. unemployment insurance program and on determinants of childhood obesity. My current research focuses on food insecurity.

316 Rockefeller
HB 6106
B.A. College of William and Mary
M.A. Princeton University
Ph.D. Princeton University

Selected Publications

“Parental Employment, Family Routines, and Childhood Obesity.” Economics and Human Biology , 10, (December 2012): 340 – 351.

“Is Being in School Better? The Impact of School on Children’s BMI When Starting Age is Endogenous (joint with K Butcher, E Cascio and D Schanzenbach). Journal of Health Economics , 30, (September 2011): 977 – 986.

“Maternal Employment” in Handbook of Social Science of Obesity , J Cawley, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

“School Policies and Children’s Obesity” (joint with Kristin Butcher and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach). In Current Issues in Health Economics , D Slotje and R Tchernis, eds. UK: Emerald Press, 2010.

“Reading, Writing and Refreshments: Are School Finances Contributing to Children’s Obesity?” with K Butcher, Journal of Human Resources , 41 (2006) (Summer 2006) 467-494.

“Causes of the Increase in Childhood Overweight and Obesity,” with K Butcher, Future of Children , 16 (Spring 2006) 19-46.

“Unemployment Insurance Tax Burdens and Benefits: Funding Family Leave and Reforming the Payroll Tax,” with B Meyer, National Tax Journal , 61 (March 2006) 77-95.

Works in progress

“Adequate (or Adipose?) Yearly Progress: Assessing the Effect of No Child Left Behind on Children’s Obesity.” (with K Butcher and D Schanzenbach).

“Understanding Food Insecurity During the Great Recession” (with K Butcher, H Hoynes and D Schanzenbach).

“New Evidence on Why Children’s Food Security Varies Across Households with Similar Incomes (with K Butcher, H Hoynes and D Schanzenbach).