Brian and Jeannelle Brady Associate Professor of Economics
Professor Buckles’ primary research area is the economics of the family. In her work, she investigates how people make decisions about family structure, and considers the consequences of these decisions—particularly for the children in the family. Recent papers explore the effects of sibling spacing on child achievement, and the reasons for the relationship between marital status and infant health. She also works in the field of health economics, where she has explored the causes of geographic variation in cesarean rates, and the effect of college education on health.
Professor Buckles has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Her work has been published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Demography, Health Economics, and the Journal of Human Resources. She is a faculty affiliate of the Lab for Economic Opportunities and the Gender Studies Program.
The Brian and Jeannelle Brady Associate Professor of Economics was established in 2007 by Brian R. and Jeannelle Brady of Elkhart, Indiana.