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Mary Eschelbach Hansen Professor Economics

Contact
mhansen@american.edu
(202) 885-3793 (Office)
CAS | Economics
Kreeger Building 127
Spring 2024 Office Hours: IRL drop-in: T 2:30-4:30pm in the cafe area of Kerwin Hall. IRL by appt: T or F 11:30am-noon. Virtual by appointment.
Additional Positions at AU
Joint Advisory Board, Institute for Disability and Public Policy
Co-Director for Administration, IMPA
Affiliate, Dept. of Math and Statistics
Degrees
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Favorite Spot on Campus
My office!
Bio
Mary Eschelbach Hansen is an expert in U.S. social policy. She is currently working on issues in disability policy. She is widely published in the fields of child policy, bankruptcy, and economic history. Her work addresses key issues in race, gender, and economic inequality.

Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking. She has been quoted or cited by news outlets including WAMU, The Economist, Fortune, CNN, and the LA Times. She has given public testimony before the DC City Council and in Federal District Court.
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For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Teaching

Spring 2024

  • ECON-150 Economics for Business

  • ECON-397 Internship in Teaching

  • ECON-673 Labor Economics

Fall 2024

  • ECON-120 Social Problems in Context

  • ECON-120 Social Problems in Context

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

BOOK

Bankrupt in America: A History of Consumers, Businesses, their Creditors, and the Law in the Twentieth Century, (with Bradley A. Hansen), University of Chicago Press, 2020.

RECENT REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Tolerance and the Labor Supply of Cohabiting Gays and Lesbians” (with Michael Martell and Leanne Roncolato), Journal of Demographic Economics, 88, 4(2020): 535-562.

"Supply of Bank Loans and Business Debts: A View from Historical Bankruptcy Cases” (with Dongping Xie), Review of Financial Economics 38, S1(2020): 170-187.

Women, Debt, and Bankruptcy in the United States since 1940,” (with Michelle M. Miller) Essays in Economic and Business History 38, published online March 2020.

New Evidence of Spillovers in Personal Bankruptcy Using Point-Coded Data” (with Jess Grana), Spatial Economic Analysis 14, 4(2019): 446-464.

A Labor of Love: The Impact of Same-sex Marriage on Labor Supply” (with Michael Martell and Leanne Roncolato), Review of Economics of the Household: 265-283.

Consumer Debt Tolerance, Gender, and the Great Recession” (with Erin George and Julie Lyn Routzahn), Journal of Consumer Affairs 52, 3(Fall 2018): 711-732.

The Impact of Political Influence on Appointees: Evidence from the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program” (with Matthew E. Davis and Thomas Husted), Southern Economic Journal 84, 3(January 2018): 771-785.

Adoption Policy and the Well-Being of Adopted Children in the U.S.” (with Ashley J. Provencher and Nicholas E. Kahn), Child Welfare 95, 1(2017): 27-55.

The Standard of Proof in the Substantiation of Child Abuse and Neglect” (with Nicholas Kahn and Josh Gupta-Kagan), Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 14, 2(June 2017), pp. 333-369.

Self-Identity and the Lesbian Earnings Differential in the U.S.” (with Michael E. Martell), Review of Social Economy 75, 2(June 2017), pp. 159-180.

Credit Relationships and Business Bankruptcy during the Great Depression” (with Nicholas L. Ziebarth), AEJ: Macroeconomics 9, 2(April 2017), pp. 228-255.

The Historian’s Craft and Economics” (with Bradley A. Hansen), Journal of Institutional Economics 12, 2(April 2016), pp. 349-370.

Media Appearances

(Selected since 2017)

Written statement in Newsweek, “'Shark Tank' Investor Points to 'Simple' Lesson Learned From SVB Fall,” March 13, 2023.

Interview, MarketWatch.com, “Americans Are Not Paying off Their Credit-card Debt. We Should Be Concerned.” May 18, 2023.

Interview, WUSA9, “Here’s How to Keep Your Money Safe, According to Financial Experts,” March 24, 2023.

Interview, Wisconsin Public Radio, Central Time, "Bankruptcies Hit New Lows in 2021. What Does That Mean for the Economy?” March 24, 2022.

Interview, Washington Post, “More Debt, Higher Fees,” October 17, 2022.

The Washington Post, Made by History, “Making It Easier to Declare Bankruptcy Could Avert Economic Catastrophe,” April 24, 2020.

ABC News, “The Big Vote: The Big Issue (Jobs),” October 9, 2018.

Investopedia.com, “Why American Women Hold 2/3rds of the Student Debt,” June 11, 2018.

PsychCentral.com, “How Men and Women View Financial Debt,” April 7, 2018.

Smithsonian.com, "The Restaurant Doodle That Launched a Political Movement," May 30, 2017.

MarketWatch.com, “Men and Women Have Very Different Relationships with Their Credit Cards,” April 7, 2018.

Vox.com, "The Republican Tax Plan Raises Taxes on Famlies Who Adopt Children," November 3, 2017.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY

Testimony before the Council of the District of Columbia, Committee on Human Services, Hearing on Extending Adoption and Guardianship Subsidies Until Age 21 and Expanding Guardianship Subsidies to Non-Kin, December 12, 2008, and March 4, 2010.

Testimony before the Federal District Court of Rhode Island re: Cassie M. v. Chaffee, December 9, 2013. See coverage in The Providence Journal, December 10, 2013.

 

AU Experts

Area of Expertise

Bankruptcy, Child Welfare Policies, Personal Finance, Women and Economics, Minimum Wage

Additional Information

Hansen is widely published in the fields of child welfare policy and economic history. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

For the Media

To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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