About the Authors

Jeehoon Han

Jeehoon Han is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Baylor University. He studies topics in public and labor economics. His research examines trends in poverty and inequality and the welfare and work incentive effects of government policies. Prior to joining Baylor University, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Zhejiang University, and a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Sungkyunkwan University.

Bruce D. Meyer

Bruce D. Meyer, the McCormick Foundation Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, studies poverty and inequality, tax policy, government safety net programs such as unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, food stamps, and Medicaid, and the accuracy of household surveys. His most recent work includes research on trends in poverty and inequality, the consequences of disability, the effects of Medicaid, and the accuracy of household surveys.

Meyer received his BA and MA in economics from Northwestern University and his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been at the University of Chicago since 2004. From 1987 to 2004, Meyer was a professor in the Economics Department at Northwestern University. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard University, University College London, and Princeton University, a member of the Institute for Research on Poverty, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Meyer has also served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Human Resources Development Canada, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, and Mathematica Policy Research.

James X. Sullivan

James X. Sullivan is a Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame and Co-Founder and Director of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), which is a research center that works with service providers and policymakers to identify effective and scalable solutions to reduce poverty in America. He served on the National Poverty Research Center Advisory Board and was a member of the U.S. Commission on Social Impact Partnerships. 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. Sullivan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.