Phillip  Levine, PhD

Phillip Levine, PhD

Wellesley College

Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics

Expertise: Economics

Along with many publications in academic journals and edited volumes, I am the author of Sex and Consequences: Abortion, Public Policy, and the Economics of Fertility, co-editor of Targeting Investments in Children: Fighting Poverty When Resources are Limited, and co-author of Reconsidering Retirement: How Losses and Layoffs Affect Older Workers. My latest book, A Problem of Fit: How the Complexity of College Pricing Hurts Students - and Universities analyzes the system of pricing in higher education and the ways that we can change it to improve access. I am also founder and CEO of MyinTuition Corp., which operates the MyinTuition simplified financial aid calculator available at MyinTuition.org. It is currently being used at dozens of colleges and universities. I am also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The focus of my research spills over into my teaching activities. I emphasize statistical and econometric methods in my own work and bring these interests to the classroom. I am a core member of the group of faculty in the Economics Department who teach the courses Introduction to Probability and Statistics and Econometric Methods. A key component of these classes is applying statistical analysis to real-world problems. My upper-level course, Economic Analysis of Social Policy, even more specifically targets my research interests.

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Discrimination in the small-business credit market

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Extended benefits and the duration of UI spells: evidence from the New Jersey extended benefit program

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2000

Extended benefits and the duration of UI spells: evidence from the New Jersey extended benefit program

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2000

Child care and mothers' employment decisions

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1999

Why is the teen birth rate in the United States so high and why does it matter?

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Media Influences on Social Outcomes: The Impact of MTV's 16 and Pregnant on Teen Childbearing

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Abortion legalization and child living circumstances: Who is the “marginal child”?

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1999

An empirical analysis of the welfare magnet debate using the NLSY

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1999

Roe v Wade and American fertility.

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1999

Income inequality, social mobility, and the decision to drop out of high school

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Income inequality, social mobility, and the decision to drop out of high school

226

2014

Subsidized contraception, fertility, and sexual behavior

216

2009

Subsidized contraception, fertility, and sexual behavior

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2009

The benefit of additional high-school math and science classes for young men and women

210

1995

Unemployment insurance taxes and the cyclical and seasonal properties of unemployment

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1994

More bad news for smokers? The effects of cigarette smoking on wages

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The effect of Medicaid abortion funding restrictions on abortions, pregnancies and births

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1996

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“If we observe over the course of the next year that wage pressure expands, that will drive up university costs and then they’ll have to start increasing tuition at a faster rate,” said Levine, whose recent book “A Problem of Fit,” focuses on the complexity of college pricing.

- https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-04-29/paying-for-harvard-just-got-cheaper-with-decades-high-inflation

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