Georgia State University, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Faculty Director, Child and Family Policy Lab, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies; Professor, Department of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, 2020–present
Labor economics, demographic economics, applied econometrics, microeconomics
Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, 2014–2019; Professor, Department of Economics, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2006–2014; Professor, Department of Economics, The George Washington University, 1996–2006.
PhD Economics, Brown University, 1991
“Child care and the labor supply of married women: Reduced form evidence.” Journal of Human Resources 27:1 (1992): 134–165.
“A structural model of child care and the labor supply of married women.” Journal of Labor Economics 13:3 (1995): 558–597.
“Altruistic and joy-of-giving motivations in charitable behavior.” Journal of Political Economy 110:2 (2002): 425–447 (with M. O. Wilhelm).
“Parental child care in single parent, cohabiting, and married couple families: Time diary evidence from the United Kingdom.” American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings 95:2 (2005): 194–198 (with C. M. Kalenkoski and L. S. Stratton).
“Watching the clocks: The role of food stamp recertification and TANF time limits in caseload dynamics.” Journal of Human Resources 43:1 (2008): 208–239 (with M. Edelhoch and Q. Liu).
How to improve participation in social assistance programs
Government agencies can lower barriers that impede people’s take-up of social assistanceDavid C. Ribar, December 2014Social assistance programs are intended to improve people’s well-being. However, that goal is undermined when eligible people fail to participate. Reasons for non-participation can include inertia, lack of information, stigma, the time and “hassle” associated with applications and program compliance, as well as some programs’ non-entitlement status. Differences in participation across programs, and over time, indicate that take-up rates can respond both positively and negatively to policy change. However, there are clearly very identifiable ways in which relevant agencies can improve take-up.MoreLess