About the author:

I am a labor and health economist with interests in the area of child health and well-being. The focus of my research is understanding the intergenerational transmission of poverty. I have studied how the following six aspects of the lives of impoverished families translate into worse outcomes for their children and greater likelihood of poverty in adulthood: 1) poor families’ greater exposure to violence, 2) their worse health, 3) the greater psychological strain or stress they experience, 4) the lower levels of investments in children made by poor families, 5) poor children’s interactions with the juvenile justice system and 6) their disproportionate exposure to harmful environmental toxins including, but not limited to, lead.