Olivia J. Healy

Assistant Professor of Economics| Applied Policy Scholar


My research is in applied microeconomics and public policy, with a focus on labor, education, family demography, and health. One current line of my research explores the effect of parenthood on mothers’ and fathers’ job performance, human capital, and career advancement. In another line of research, I examine intended and unintended consequences of government efforts to expand access to high-quality early care and education programs through increased public options and accountability systems.

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department in the Martha & Spencer Love School of Business at Elon University. I was formerly a postdoctoral research fellow at Cornell University in the Brooks School of Public Policy. I received my Ph.D. from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. My training is primarily in economics but draws on other social science disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology) to study relations between public policy and human development (e.g., health, human capital, and labor market outcomes).

Contact Information: 

Email: ohealy3@elon.edu