My current research focuses on feminist political economy and the welfare state. I am particularly interested in the social processes and institutions necessary for the daily and generational replenishment of the population—particularly the working-class labor force. From the perspective of classical political economy, human labor is the source of society’s wealth and the basis of productive growth in any economy. The feminist critique of the classical political economists is that labor is itself produced—or “socially reproduced”—primarily through non-monetary investments into the development and nurturance of human capabilities. As an institutionalist economist, I am particularly interested in how and when states intervene to address real or perceived conflicts between social reproduction and capital accumulation. My research explores this question through a variety of political economy methods: historical case studies, institutional analysis, as well the application of quantitative methods.
“The State’s Response to the Crisis of Neoliberalism: A Comparison of the Net Social Wage in China and the United States, 1992-2017.” Co-authored with Hao Qi. Forthcoming: International Review of Applied Economics.
“Coronavirus Fiscal Policy in the United States: Lessons from Feminist Political Economy,” Feminist Economics 2021, 27(1-2): 419-435.
“The Political Economy of State Regulation: The Case of the British Factory Acts,” Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2021, 45(1): 61-84..
“The Historical Evolution of the Cost of Social Reproduction in the United States, 1959-2012”, Review of Social Economy, 2021, 79(1): 51-75.
**winner of the 2022 Association of Social Economics Helen Potter award for best paper **
“Neoliberal Redistributive Policy: The US Net Social Wage in the Early 21st Century”, Review of Radical Political Economics, 2019, 51(4): 581-605.
“The Facts and the Values of the Lucas Critique”, Review of Political Economy, 2019, 31(1): 1-25.
“Stabilization Policy – Phillips before the Phillips Curve.” Co-authored with K. Vela Velupillai. Global and Local Economic Review. 2014 18(1):5-19
“Making the Case for Equitable Growth: Comments on the 2020 David Gordon Memorial Lecture,” Review of Radical Political Economics, 2020: 52(4).
“Care Work.” Forthcoming in Routledge Handbook of Feminist Economics (eds Günseli Berik and Ebru Kongar), invited chapter.
“Teorias Da Competição E As Crises Do Capitalismo.” (“Theories of Competition and the Crisis of Capitalism.”) Co-authored with Anwar Shaikh. Rubra Revista. Winter 2015, 21(13): 13-14. Available in English or Portuguese upon request.
My dissertation “Essays on the Theory and Political Economy of Economic Policy” received the Edith Henry Johnson Memorial Award in Economics, Civil Affairs and Education from The New School for Social Research, 2017.