Sara LaLumia

Sara LaLumia

David A. Wells Professor of Economics

Schapiro Hall Rm 206


B.A. Youngstown State University (2000)
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Economics (2006)

Areas of Expertise

  • Public economics
  • Labor economics



Tax Policy (not offered 2024/25)


Income Distribution
(not offered 2024/25)

Current Committees

  • Claiming Williams Steering Committee, Co-Chair
  • Standing Grievance Panel



“Intergenerational Effects of the EITC: The Case of Grandparents.” National Tax Journal. Forthcoming.

“Female Role Models and Labor Force Participation: The Case of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. With Margo Beck.* Eastern Economic Journal. October 2022. 48(4): 488-517.

“Income Effects in Labor Supply: Evidence from Child-Related Tax Benefits.” With Philippe Wingender. National Tax Journal. March 2017 62(2): 191-217.

“How Income Changes During Unemployment: Evidence from Tax Return Data.” With Laura Kawano. Journal of Human Resources. March 2017 52(2): 418-456.

“New Evidence on Taxes and the Timing of Birth.” With James M. Sallee and Nicholas Turner. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. May 2015. 7(2): 258-293.

“The Effects of Contraception on Female Poverty.” With Stephanie P. Browne.* Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Summer 2014. 33(3): 602-622.

“The EITC, Tax Refunds and Unemployment Spells.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. May 2013. 5(2): 188-221.

“The Value of Honesty: Empirical Estimates from the Case of the Missing Children.” With James M. Sallee. International Tax and Public Finance. April 2013. 20(2): 192-224.

“Tax Preferences for Higher Education and Adult College Enrollment.” National Tax Journal. March 2012. 65(1): 59-90.

“The Earned Income Tax Credit and Reported Self-Employment Income.” National Tax Journal. June 2009. 62(2): 191-217.

“The Effects of Joint Taxation of Married Couples on Labor Supply and Non-wage Income.” Journal of Public Economics. July 2008. 92(7): 1698-1719.

* denotes Williams College student co-author