James Sullivan

James  Sullivan

Gilbert F. Schaefer College Professor of Economics
University of Notre Dame
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Borrowing Behavior of Poor Households, Consumption, Inequality, Poverty, Saving, Welfare and Tax Policy

James Sullivan, Ph.D., is the Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. He has been a visiting scholar at the National Poverty Center and a visiting professor at the University of Chicago. His research examines the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs at the national, state, and local level. He also studies the consumption, saving, and borrowing behavior of poor households, as well as poverty and inequality measurement. His work has appeared in the top journals in the economics profession and his research is routinely covered by the popular press. In 2015 he testified at a hearing on evidence-based policy for the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2012, with fellow Notre Dame Professor William Evans, James founded the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO). LEO is a research center that works with service providers and policymakers to identify effective and scalable solutions to reduce poverty in America. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

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