Bruce D. Meyer

Harris School of Public Policy
University of Chicago
1155 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
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NBER Affiliation: Research Associate
Institutional Affiliation: University of Chicago

NBER Working Papers and Publications

October 2018Inequality in the Joint Distribution of Consumption and Time Use
with Jeehoon Han, James X. Sullivan: w25199
Errors in Survey Reporting and Imputation and their Effects on Estimates of Food Stamp Program Participation
with Nikolas Mittag, Robert M. Goerge: w25143
May 2018The Poverty Reduction of Social Security and Means-Tested Transfers
with Derek Wu: w24567

Published: Bruce D. Meyer & Derek Wu, 2018. "The Poverty Reduction of Social Security and Means-Tested Transfers," ILR Review, vol 71(5), pages 1106-1153.

April 2018Consumption and Income Inequality since the 1960s
NBER Reporter 2018 number 1
November 2017Disability, Taxes, Transfers, and the Economic Well-Being of Women
with Wallace K. C. Mok
in Tax Policy and the Economy, Volume 32, Robert A. Moffitt, editor
August 2017Consumption and Income Inequality in the U.S. Since the 1960s
with James X. Sullivan: w23655
July 2016Disability, Earnings, Income and Consumption
with Wallace K. C. Mok
in Social Insurance Programs (Trans-Atlantic Public Economic Seminar - TAPES), Roger Gordon, Andreas Peichl and James Poterba, organizers
October 2015Using Linked Survey and Administrative Data to Better Measure Income: Implications for Poverty, Program Effectiveness and Holes in the Safety Net
with Nikolas Mittag: w21676
July 2015Household Surveys in Crisis
with Wallace K.C. Mok, James X. Sullivan: w21399

Published: Bruce D. Meyer & Wallace K. C. Mok & James X. Sullivan, 2015. "Household Surveys in Crisis," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 29(4), pages 199-226, Fall. citation courtesy of

February 2015Childhood Medicaid Coverage and Later Life Health Care Utilization
with Laura R. Wherry, Sarah Miller, Robert Kaestner: w20929

Published: Laura R. Wherry & Sarah Miller & Robert Kaestner & Bruce D. Meyer, 2018. "Childhood Medicaid Coverage and Later-Life Health Care Utilization," The Review of Economics and Statistics, vol 100(2), pages 287-302. citation courtesy of

September 2014Misclassification in Binary Choice Models
with Nikolas Mittag: w20509

Published: Bruce D. Meyer & Nikolas Mittag, 2017. "Misclassification in binary choice models," Journal of Econometrics, vol 200(2), pages 295-311.

March 2013Disability, Earnings, Income and Consumption
with Wallace K.C. Mok: w18869

Published: Bruce D. Meyer & Wallace K.C. Mok, 2018. "Disability, earnings, income and consumption," Journal of Public Economics, .

February 2013The Validity of Consumption Data: Are the Consumer Expenditure Interview and Diary Surveys Informative?
with Adam Bee, James X. Sullivan
in Improving the Measurement of Consumer Expenditures, Christopher D. Carroll, Thomas F. Crossley, and John Sabelhaus, editors
January 2013Winning the War: Poverty from the Great Society to the Great Recession
with James X. Sullivan: w18718

Published: Bruce D. Meyer & James X. Sullivan, 2012. "Winning the War: Poverty from the Great Society to the Great Recession," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 45(2 (Fall)), pages 133-200. citation courtesy of

August 2012Saving Teens: Using a Policy Discontinuity to Estimate the Effects of Medicaid Eligibility
with Laura R. Wherry: w18309
The Validity of Consumption Data: Are the Consumer Expenditure Interview and Diary Surveys Informative?
with Adam Bee, James X. Sullivan: w18308
January 2011Consumption and Income Poverty over the Business Cycle
with James X. Sullivan: w16751

Published: “Consumption and Income Poverty Over the Business Cycle,” (with James X. Sullivan), Research in Labor Economics 32, 2011, 51-81. Outstanding Author Contribution Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012.

August 2010The Effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Recent Reforms
in Tax Policy and the Economy, Volume 24, Jeffrey R. Brown, editor
July 2009The Under-Reporting of Transfers in Household Surveys: Its Nature and Consequences
with Wallace K. C. Mok, James X. Sullivan: w15181
March 2009Five Decades of Consumption and Income Poverty
with James X. Sullivan: w14827

Published: “Consumption and Income Poverty in the U.S.” (with James X. Sullivan) in The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Poverty, edited by Philip N. Jefferson, 2012, 49-74.

September 2007Further Results on Measuring the Well-Being of the Poor Using Income and Consumption
with James X. Sullivan: w13413

Published: Meyer, B. D. and Sullivan, J. X. (2011), Viewpoint: Further results on measuring the well-being of the poor using income and consumption. Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d'économique, 44: 52–87. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5982.2010.01623.x

January 2007Quasi-Experimental Evidence on the Effects of Unemployment Insurance from New York State
with Wallace K. C. Mok: w12865
January 2006Consumption, Income, and Material Well-Being After Welfare Reform
with James X. Sullivan: w11976
The Health Care Safety Net and Crowd-Out of Private Health Insurance
with Anthony T. Lo Sasso: w11977
October 2003Unemployment Insurance Tax Burdens and Benefits: Funding Family Leave and Reforming the Payroll Tax
with Patricia M. Anderson: w10043

Published: Anderson, Patricia M. and Bruce D. Meyer. "Unemployment Insurance Tax Burdens And Benefits: Funding Family Leave And Reforming The Payroll Tax," National Tax Journal, 2006, v59(1,Mar), 77-95. citation courtesy of

June 2003Measuring the Well-Being of the Poor Using Income and Consumption
with James X. Sullivan: w9760

Published: Meyer, Bruce D and James X. Sullivan. "Measuring The Well-Being Of The Poor Using Income And Consumption," Journal of Human Resources, 2003, v38(Supplement), 1180-1220.

January 2003Work Costs and Nonconvex Preferences in the Estimation of Labor Supply Models
with Bradley T. Heim: w9429

Published: Heim, Bradley T. and Bruce D. Meyer. "Work Costs And Nonconvex Preferences In The Estimation Of Labor Supply Models," Journal of Public Economics, 2004, v88(11,Sep), 2323-2338. citation courtesy of

June 2002Labor Supply Effects of Social Insurance
with Alan B. Krueger: w9014

Published: Krueger, Alan B. & Meyer, Bruce D., 2002. "Labor supply effects of social insurance," Handbook of Public Economics, in: A. J. Auerbach & M. Feldstein (ed.), Handbook of Public Economics, edition 1, volume 4, chapter 33, pages 2327-2392 Elsevier.

September 2001Taxes, Welfare, and Work by Single Mothers
NBER Reporter Fall 01
May 2001The Effects of Welfare and Tax Reform: The Material Well-Being of Single Mothers in the 1980s and 1990s
with James X. Sullivan: w8298

Published: Meyer, Bruce D. and James X. Sullivan. "The Effects Of Welfare And Tax Reform: The Material Well-Being Of Single Mothers In The 1980s And 1990s," Journal of Public Economics, 2004, v88(7-8,Jul), 1387-1420. citation courtesy of

February 2000The Effect of Immigration on Native Self-Employment
with Robert W. Fairlie: w7561


  • Fairlie, Robert W. and Rebecca A. London, "The Effect of Incremental Benefit Levels on Births to AFDC Recipients," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 16, no. 4 (Autumn 1997): 575-597
  • Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 21, no. 3 (July 2003): 619-650 citation courtesy of

January 2000Making Single Mothers Work: Recent Tax and Welfare Policy and its Effects
with Dan T. Rosenbaum: w7491


September 1999Welfare, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Labor Supply of Single Mothers
with Dan T. Rosenbaum: w7363

Published: Meyer, Bruce D. and Dan T. Rosenbaum. "Welfare, The Earned Income Tax Credit, And The Labor Supply Of Single Mothers," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2001, v116(3,Aug), 1063-1114. citation courtesy of

June 1999Trends in Self-Employment Among White and Black Men: 1910-1990
with Robert W. Fairlie: w7182

Published: Fairlie, Robert W. and Bruce D. Meyer. "Trends In Self-Employment Among White And Black Men During The Twentieth Century," Journal of Human Resources, 2000, v35(4,Fall), 643-669.

November 1998Using a Natural Experiment to Estimate the Effects of the Unemployment Insurance Payroll Tax on Wages, Employment, Claims, and Denials
with Patricia M. Anderson: w6808

Published: Anderson, Patricia M. and Bruce D. Meyer. "The Effects Of The Unemployment Insurance Payroll Tax On Wages, Employment, Claims And Denials," Journal of Public Economics, 2000, v78(1-2,Oct), 81-106.

November 1997Does Immigration Hurt African-American Self-Employment?
with Robert W. Fairlie: w6265
January 1996Repeat Use of Unemployment Insurance
with Dan T. Rosenbaum: w5423
December 1995The Economic Effects of Unemployment Insurance
NBER Reporter Reporter_archive
August 1995The Incidence of a Firm-Varying Payroll Tax: The Case of Unemployment Insurance
with Patricia M. Anderson: w5201

Published: Journal of Public Economics as "The effects of firm-specifictaxes and government mandates with an application to the u.s. unemploymentinsurance program", Vol. 65 (August 1997): 119-145.

December 1994Natural and Quasi- Experiments in Economics

Published: "Natural and Quasi-Experiments in Economics," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, vol 13, April 1995, pp 151-162.

The Effects of Unemployment Insurance Taxes and Benefits on Layoffs Using Firm and Individual Data
with Patricia M. Anderson: w4960
July 1994The Ethnic and Racial Character of Self-Employment
with Robert W. Fairlie: w4791

Published: as "Ethnic and Racial Self-Employment Differences and Possible Explanations ," Journal of Human Resources, 31, Fall 1996, pp.757-793.

June 1994"Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Takeup Rates"
with Patricia M. Anderson: w4787

Published: Quarterly Journal of Economics, as "Unemployment Insurance Take-up rates and the After-Tax Value of Benefits". vol.112, August 1997.

January 1993The Unemployment Insurance Payroll Tax and Interindustry and Interfirm Subsidies
with Patricia M. Anderson
in Tax Policy and the Economy, Volume 7, James M. Poterba, editor
October 1992Policy Lessons from the U.S. Unemployment Experiments

Published: "Lessons from the US Unemployment Insurance Experiments," Journal of Economic Literature, vol 33, March 1995, pp 91-131.

June 1991A Longitudinal Analysis of Young Entrepreneurs in Australia and the United States
with David G. Blanchflower: w3746

Published: Small Business Economics, Jan 1994, pp. 1-19 (vol. 6, No. 1).

December 1990Why Are There So Few Black Entrepreneurs?
October 1990Workers' Compensation and Injury Duration: Evidence from a Natural Experiment
with W. Kip Viscusi, David L. Durbin: w3494

Published: American Economic Review, 85, June 1995, pp 322-340. citation courtesy of

November 1989A Quasi-Experimental Approach to the Effects of Unemployment Insurance

Published: Meyer, Bruce D. "Unemployment Insurance And Unemployment Spells," Econometrica, 1990, v58(4), 757-782.

December 1988Implications of the Illinois Reemployment Bonus Experiments For Theories of Unemployment and Policy Design

Published: Journal of Labor Economics, 14, Jan 1996, pp 26-51.

October 1988The Impact of the Potential Duration of Unemployment Benefits on the Duration of Unemployment
with Lawrence F. Katz: w2741

Published: Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 41, pp. 45-72, (February 1990). citation courtesy of

May 1988Unemployment Insurance, Recall Expectations, And Unemployment Outcomes
with Lawrence F. Katz: w2594

Published: The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 105, pp. 973-1002, (November 1990) . citation courtesy of

March 1988Unemployment Insurance And Unemployment Spells

Published: Econometrica, Vol. 58, No. 4, pp. 757-782, (July 1990). citation courtesy of

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