Jessamyn Schaller

Assistant Professor of Economics


Ph. D. in Economics, University of California, Davis, 2012

Areas of Expertise

  • Labor Economics 
  • Public Economics
  • Health Economics


ECON 696H Labor Economics I
ECON 481 Econ Wage Determination
Econ 431 Public Sector Economics

Current Research

Professor Schaller studies the effects of aggregate economic conditions and individual job loss on individual and family outcomes.  Her current work explores the relationship between involuntary job displacements and the health insurance status, health care utilization, and health outcomes of adults and children. Professor Schaller also studies the effects of economic downturns and gender-specific labor market shocks on children’s health and child maltreatment rates and is currently investigating the economic determinants of childhood immunization. She has previously studied heterogeneity in the responsiveness of labor market outcomes to unemployment shocks across sociodemographic groups and the effects of general and gender-specific labor market outcomes on marriage, divorce, and fertility.

Recent Research Papers

  • “Booms, Busts, and Fertility: Testing the Becker Model Using Gender-Specific Labor Demand,” Forthcoming, Journal of Human Resources.
  • “Who Suffers in Recessions and Jobless Recoveries?,” with H. Hoynes and D.L. Miller, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2012, 26(3): 27-48. 
  • “For Better if Not for Worse: Marriage and Divorce Over the Business Cycle,” J. Schaller, Journal of Population Economics, 2012.
  • “Short-run Effects of Parental Job Loss on Children’s Academic Achievement,” with A. H. Stevens, Economics of Education Review, 2011, Vol 30, Issue 2, pp. 289-299.