Authors

Melissa S. Kearney

Director, Economic Strategy Group

Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics, University of Maryland

MELISSA S. KEARNEY is the Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. She is also director of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group; a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Kearney’s scholarly research focuses on poverty, inequality, and social policy in the United States. Her work is published is leading academic journals and is frequently cited in the press. She is a senior editor of the Future of Children, an editorial board member of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Economic Literature, and Demography, and she was previously co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources. She serves on advisory boards for the Notre Dame Wilson-Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities and the Smith Richardson Foundation. Kearney previously served as Director of the Hamilton Project at Brookings and as co-chair of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative. Kearney teaches Public Economics at both the undergraduate and Ph.D. level at the University of Maryland. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT.

Publications

Taskforce Report: Promoting Economic Recovery After COVID-19

The federal government’s fiscal and monetary responses to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have been unprecedented. However, we argue that as many of the enacted fiscal measures begin to expire over the next two months, continued policy action will be needed to promote economic recovery. This report puts forward a set of […]

Business Insider: The Math Is Clear: Universal Basic Income Is A Terrible Idea

Originally published on Business Insider. It’s not a new idea, but few could have predicted that talk about universal basic income (UBI) would be receiving as much attention as it is today — especially among candidates for president of the United States. Andrew Yang has made UBI the cornerstone of his campaign and is now […]

Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a Policy Response to Current Challenges

Overview: There is growing concern that current US transfer and social welfare programs are ill-equipped to address widening income inequality, stagnant income growth, declining economic mobility, and the negative impact of automation. This has led to a renewed debate over the merits of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) program and its capacity to address these […]

The Need to Expand Economic Opportunity

  The pursuit of economic opportunity for all Americans is as important to the health of the country’s economy as it is to the strength of its democracy. The promise that hard work and determination will yield economic success is a central American ideal, but it has been called into question as secular economic forces […]

Washington Post: Americans are being left behind. Here’s how we fix it.

Originally published on Washington Post. Many Americans are being left behind by today’s modern, global economy, and they are justifiably angry about it. Growing numbers of people feel our economic and political systems are rigged against them. And it’s no wonder why. Recent progress in low- and middle-income wage growth is a blip against decades […]