Position title: Assistant Professor, Economics
7470 Sewell Social Sciences
I am an economist with interests in the economics of aging, family economics, and health economics. My research agenda focuses on the role of informal networks in mitigating risks faced by individuals, particularly during the later stages of the lifecycle. As an affiliate of the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE), I have worked on projects related to two of CDE’s primary research areas: Fertility, Families, and Households and Health and the Life Course. On Fertility, Families, and Households, I have studied the role of adult children in providing care to elderly parents in lieu of nursing home care and in lieu of purchasing long-term care insurance, and the role of the extended family in insuring against income risk. On Health and the Life Course, I have studied whether informal care by children co-moves with the business cycle and whether this can explain the link between elderly mortality and business cycles, as well as the optimal design of health insurance deductibles.
CDE research theme area affiliations
Fertility, Families, and Households; Health and the Life Course
Mommaerts, Corina. “Are Coresidence and Nursing Homes Substitutes? Evidence from Medicaid Spend-Down Provisions.” Journal of Health Economics 59 (2018): 125-38.