Lucie Schmidt

Professor of Economics

On Leave Academic Year 2015-2016

Office: Schapiro Hall Rm. 201
Tel: (413) 597-3143
Fax: (413) 597-4045
Department of Economics
Williams College
24 Hopkins Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267


University of Michigan, Ph.D., Economics, 2003
University of Michigan, M.A., Economics, 1997
Smith College, A.B., Government, 1992
Curriculum Vitae

Fields of Specialization

Economics of the family
Public finance and labor economics
Government transfer programs and the well-being of low-income families
Economics of gender


“The Effect of Safety Net Programs on Food Insecurity” (with Lara Shore-Sheppard and Tara Watson), forthcoming Journal of Human Resources.

“Immigrants and Retirement Resources,” 2014 (with Purvi Sevak), Social Security Bulletin 74(1): 27-45.

“Filling Holes in the Safety Net?  Material Hardship and Subjective Well-being among Disability Benefit Applicants and Recipients after the 1996 Welfare Reform,” 2012 (with Sheldon Danziger), Social Science Research 41(6): 1581-97.

“Birth Rates and the Vietnam Draft,” 2012 (with Marianne Bitler), American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 102(3): 566-69.

“Utilization of Infertility Treatments: The Effect of Insurance Mandates,” 2012 (with Marianne Bitler), Demography 49(1): 125-149.

“House Prices and Marital Stability,” 2011 (with Martin Farnham and Purvi Sevak), American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 101(3).

“Taxes, Wages, and the Labor Supply of Older Americans” 2009 (with Purvi Sevak).  Research on Aging 31(2): 207-232.

“Risk Preferences and the Timing of Marriage and Childbearing,” 2008, Demography 45(2): 439- 60.

“Effects of Infertility Insurance Mandates on Fertility,” 2007, Journal of Health Economics 26(3): 431-446.

“Sometimes Close is Good Enough: The Value of Nearby Environmental Amenities,” 2006 (with Paul Courant).  Journal of Regional Science 46(5): 931-951.

“Health Disparities and Infertility: Impacts of State-Level Insurance Mandates,” 2006 (with Marianne Bitler).  Fertility and Sterility 85(4): 858-65.

“Gender, Marriage, and Asset Accumulation in the United States,” 2006 (with Purvi Sevak).  Feminist Economics Special Issue on Women and Wealth 12(1-2): 139-66.

“Infertility Insurance Mandates and Fertility,” 2005, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 95(2): 204-208.

“The Welfare Implications of Increasing Disability Insurance Benefit Generosity,” 2004 (with John Bound, Julie Berry Cullen, and Austin Nichols). Journal of Public Economics 88(12): 2487-2514.

“AFDC, SSI, and Welfare Reform Aggressiveness: Caseload Reductions vs. Caseload Shifting,” 2004 (with Purvi Sevak).  Journal of Human Resources 39(3): 792-812.

“Work, Wages, and Welfare,” 2001 (with Rebecca M. Blank).  In The New World of Welfare, Rebecca M. Blank and Ron Haskins, eds.  Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution.

Working Papers and Work in Progress

“Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, and Infant Outcomes: Evidence from Low Birthweight Babies” (with Melanie Guldi, Amelia Hawkins, and Jeffrey Hemmeter)

“The Comprehensive Wealth of Immigrants and Natives” (with David Love), September, 2015.

“Economic Conditions and SSI Applications” (with Austin Nichols and Purvi Sevak), December 2014.

“The New Safety Net?  Supplemental Security Income After Welfare Reform,” September 2013.

“The Great Recession, Workers with Disabilities and Implications for Retirement Security” (with Purvi Sevak), November 2012.

“Does Marriage Really Matter? Investments in Prenatal Care and Birth Outcomes” (with Alison Jacknowitz), May 2012.

“Marriage Markets and Family Formation: The Role of the Vietnam Draft” (with Marianne Bitler), October 2011.

“Growth in the Supplemental Security Income Program for Children: The Role of Local Jurisdictions and Fiscal Incentives” (with Julie Cullen), October 2011.

“Macroeconomic Conditions and Updating of Expectations by Older Americans” (with Purvi Sevak), October 2011.

“Marriage Delay and Private Savings” (with Purvi Sevak), May 2007.

“Murphy Brown Revisited: Human Capital, Search, and Nonmarital Childbearing among Educated Women,” March 2007.

“Do Maternal Investments in Human Capital Affect Children’s Academic Achievement?” (with Quinn Moore), March 2007.

“Great Expectations: How Probability Beliefs of Teenagers Affect Life-Altering Decisions” (with Robert J. Willis), October 2005.

“The Tax Reform Act of 1986, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Marital Decisions,” 1999.