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Department of Economics
24 Hopkins Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267
United States Department of Treasury, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic
Analysis, August 2015 to November 2016 (expected). Office of Economic Policy.
Williams College, Associate Professor, July 2011 to present. Department of Economics.
National Bureau of Economic Research, Research Associate, October 2011 to present. Health Economics Program.
Education Harvard University, Ph.D. in Economics, June 2003.
Thesis Title: The Determinants and Consequences of Residential Isolation.
Wesleyan University, B.A. in Economics, May 1996.
Phi Beta Kappa and University Honors.
Research Fields Applied Microeconomics including Health Economics, Economic Demography, Urban Economics, Labor Economics, Public Economics.
Selected Previous Experience Williams College, Chair of Program in Public Health, July 2014 to June 2015 and January 2017 to June 2018 (expected).
Visiting Scholar, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, August 2012 to May 2013. New England Public Policy Center.
National Bureau of Economic Research, Faculty Research Fellow, December 2006 to September 2011. Health Economics Program.
Williams College, Assistant Professor, July 2004 to June 2011. Department of Economics.
University of Michigan, Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, August 2007 to July 2009.
Princeton University, Postdoctoral Research Associate, September 2003 to July 2004. Office of Population Research and Center for Research on Child Wellbeing.
Tara Watson Selected Previous Experience (continued) National Bureau of Economic Research, Research Assistant, June to August 1999.
Research Assistant to Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz.
Harvard University, Teaching Fellow, September 2000 to May 2001.
Teaching Fellow for Social Analysis 10 taught by Martin Feldstein.
Brookings Institution, Research Assistant, August 1996 to July 1998.
Research Assistant to Clifford Winston.
Articles Schmidt, Lucie, Lara Shore-Sheppard, and Tara Watson, 2016. “The Effect of Safety Net Programs on Food Insecurity,” Journal of Human Resources 51(3): 589-614. (Earlier draft: National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 19558.) Watson, Tara, 2014. "Inside the Refrigerator: Immigration Enforcement and Chilling in Immigrant Medicaid Participation.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 6: 313-338. (Earlier draft: National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 16278.) Watson, Tara, 2013. “Enforcement and Immigrant Location Choice,” National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 19626. (Previous version: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Working Paper 13-10.) Revision requested, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
Watson, Tara, and Sara McLanahan, 2011. “Marriage Meets the Joneses: Relative Income, Identity, and Marital Status.” Journal of Human Resources 46: 568-586.
Beeson, Patricia, Lara Shore-Sheppard, and Tara Watson, 2010. “Local Fiscal Policies and Urban Wage Structures.” Public Finance Review 38: 540-584.
Watson, Tara, 2009. “Inequality and the Measurement of Residential Segregation by Income.” Review of Income and Wealth 55: 820-844. (Earlier draft: National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 14908, April 2009.) Fertig, Angela, and Tara Watson, 2009. “Minimum Drinking Ages and Infant Health Outcomes.” Journal of Health Economics 28: 737-747. (Earlier draft: National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 14118, June 2008.) Watson, Tara, 2006. “Public Health Investments and the Infant Mortality Gap: Evidence from
Federal Sanitation Interventions on U.S. Indian Reservations.” Journal of Public Economics 90:
Watson, Tara, 2006. “Inequality, Metropolitan Growth, and Residential Segregation by Income,” in Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs 1-52. Gary Burtless and Janet Rothenberg Pack, eds.
Morrison, Steven. A., Clifford Winston, and Tara Watson, 1999. “Fundamental Flaws of Social Regulation: The Case of Airplane Noise.” Journal of Law and Economics 42: 723-43.
Watson, Tara, 2016. “Comments on ‘Socioeconomic Segregation between Schools in the U.S. and Latin America, 1970-2012’ by Anna K. Chmielewski and Corey Savage,” in Land and the City, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Watson, Tara, 2015. “Book Review: ‘Legacies of the War on Poverty’ by Martha J. Bailey and Sheldon Danziger, eds.,” Journal of Economic Literature 53(1): 126-27.
Watson, Tara, 2015. “Room for Debate: Lowering the Drinking Age Has Serious Consequences,” New York Times. (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/02/10/you-must-be-21-to-drink.) Watson, Tara, 2014. “Aggressive immigration enforcement discourages non-citizen parents from enrolling their citizen children in Medicaid,” Usapp blog (blogs.lse.uk/usappblog).
Watson, Tara, 2014. “Immigrants as a Potential Source of Growth for New England’s Highly Skilled Workforce, ” New England Public Policy Center Policy Brief 13-5, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. (http://www.bostonfed.org/economic/neppc/briefs/2013/pb135.htm) Watson, Tara, 2009. “Marriage Meets the Joneses,” Vox EU.
Watson, Tara, 2007. “Book Review: The Geography of American Poverty: Is There a Need for Place-Based Policies? by Mark D. Partridge and Dan S. Rickman,” Journal of Regional Science, 47(5), pp.1002-1004.
Watson, Tara, 2007. “New Housing, Income Inequality, and Distressed Metropolitan Areas,” Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program Policy Brief Series.
Schmidt, Lucie, Lara Shore-Sheppard, and Tara Watson, “The Effect of SNAP and the Broader Safety Net on Mental Health and Food Insecurity,” in progress.
Schmidt, Lucie, Lara Shore-Sheppard, and Tara Watson, “The Impact of the ACA Medicaid Expansion on Public Program Participation and Labor Market Outcomes of Low-Wage Workers,” in progress.
Beam, Emily, Tara Watson, and Dean Yang, “Barriers to Medicaid Participation among Immigrants:
Experimental Evidence,” in progress.
Thompson, Kalee, and Tara Watson, Undocumented: The High Costs of Immigration Enforcement (working title), University of Chicago Press, in progress.
Butcher, Kristin, and Tara Watson, “The Impact of Immigration on the Living Arrangements and Health of the Elderly,” in progress.
Gordon, Nora, and Tara Watson, “School Choice and ‘Excess’ School Segregation: Does School Choice Policy Explain Which Districts Have Schools More Segregated than their Neighborhoods?,” in progress.
Williams College Teaching in the Diverse Classroom Workshop, Februrary 2014 to May 2014.
CeMENT Mentor for the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, November 2013.
Teaching Integrity in Empirical Research Workshop Participant, October 2013.
Inaugural Teaching Poverty 101 Workshop Participant, University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty, June 2013.
Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, August 2007 to July 2009.
Harvard Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy Doctoral Fellow, September 1999 to June 2003.
Social Science Research Council Program in Applied Economics Fellow, September 2001 to August 2002.
Lincoln Land Institute Dissertation Fellow, August 2001.
National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellow, September 1998 to August 2001.
Wesleyan University, Phi Beta Kappa Society and University Honors, May 1996.
National Institutes of Health, R03 Small Grant Program, “The Impact of Immigration on the Living Arrangements and Health of the Elderly,” Award Number 1R03AG051861-01. Grant period September 2016 to May 2018. (PI Kristin Butcher, Senior Investigator Tara Watson.) University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, Understanding the Relationships between SNAP, Food Security, and Health in the National Health Interview Survey Grant Program, “The Effect of SNAP and the Broader Safety Net on Mental Health and Food Insecurity.” Grant Period August 2016 to February 2018. (PI Lucie Schmidt, co-PIs Lara Shore-Sheppard and Tara Watson.) National Institutes of Health, R21 Exploratory/Development Grant, “Barriers to Medicaid Participation among Immigrants: A Randomized Experiment,” Award Number 1R21HD071361A1. Grant Period September 2012 to September 2014 plus one year no-cost extension. (PI Tara Watson, Other Investigator Dean Yang.) University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, Research Program on Childhood Hunger Small Grant, “The Effect of Safety Net Programs on Food Insecurity.” Grant Period June 2011 to September 2012. (PI Tara Watson, co-PIs Lara Shore-Sheppard and Lucie Schmidt.) West Coast Poverty Center Small Grant Competition, “Inside the Refrigerator: Welfare Reform, Immigration Enforcement, and Chilling Effects in Immigrant Medicaid Participation.” Grant Period September 2009 to August 2010. (PI Tara Watson.)
University of Michigan National Poverty Center Small Grant Competition, “Barriers to Medicaid Participation Among Immigrants.” Grant Period March 2009 to March 2010. (PI Tara Watson.)
Williams College Department of Economics Henry George Fund, “Excess School Segregation:
Are Schools More Segregated than Neighborhoods, and Why?” Grant Period August 2009. (PI Tara Watson.)
2017: University of Colorado (expected), Wesleyan University (expected).
2016: OECD Conference on Economic Insecurity.
2015: University of Connecticut, Society of Labor Economists.
2014: American Society of Health Economists (presenter and discussant), Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Land and the City Conference (discussant), Williams College, USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
2013: Brandeis University, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Joint BU-MIT-Harvard Health Economics Seminar, Society of Labor Economists, Urban Economics Association, Williams College Brown Bag Lunch.
2012: Williams College Faculty Lecture Series, University of Maryland at Baltimore, Research Program on Childhood Hunger Small Grant Conference, Wellesley College, University of Washington West Coast Poverty Center, National Tax Association.
2011: Population Association of America Economic Demography Workshop, SUNY University at Albany.
2010: American Economic Association meeting (discussant), American Society for Health Economists Meetings, National Bureau of Economic Research Summer Institute, Mellon 23 Workshop on Economic History and Development (discussant), University of California at Irvine, University of New Hampshire, Wesleyan University, Williams College.
2009: American Public Policy and Management Annual Meeting, Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol Research Lecture Series, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, Public Finance Review Special Conference, Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Program Annual Meeting, Southeastern Health Economics Study Group Conference, University of Michigan.
2008: Harvard University, RAND Corporation, Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Program Annual Meeting, Society of Labor Economists, Southern Economic Association, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame.
2007: University of Michigan, Eastern Economic Association Meetings.
2006: American Society of Health Economists, Regional Science and Urban Economics Conference, University of California at Berkeley, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Urban Economics Association Conference (discussant).
2004: MacArthur Network Conference, Population Association of America.
2003: Columbia University, National Bureau of Economic Research Summer Institute, Princeton University.
Enforcement and Immigrant Location Choice, covered by: Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal Real Time Economics blog, November 2013.
Inequality and the Measurement of the Residential Segregation by Income, covered by: Wall Street Journal Real Time Economics blog, April 2009, The Republic newspaper (Columbus, IN) and Bloomberg News, November 2011.
Minimum Drinking Age Laws and Infant Health Outcomes, covered by: Foxnews.com, Reuters Health, and more than a dozen other media outlets, May-June 2009. Subject of New York Times Room for Debate, February 2015.
AcademyHealth Conference, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (x6), American Economic Review (x2), Berkeley Electronic Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy (x2), Canadian Journal of Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, Demography (x3), Eastern Economic Journal, Economic Inquiry, Economics and Human Biology, Education Finance and Policy, Forum for Health Economics and Policy, Health Economics (x3), Housing Policy Debate (x2), Industrial Relations, Journal of Economic Education, Journal of Health Economics (x3), Journal of Health Politics, Health Policy, and Law, Journal of Human Resources (x8), Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (x2), Journal of Population Economics (x2), Journal of Public Economics (x4), Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Journal of Urban Economics (x2), Labour Economics, National Science Foundation (x3), Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Quarterly Journal of Economics (x11), Review of Economics and Statistics (x2), Review of Economics of the Household, Review of Economic Inequality, Social Forces, Social Problems, Social Science and Medicine (x2), Social Service Review, Southern Economic Journal (x2), State and Local Government Review (x3), United States Department of Agriculture, Urban Geography.
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