Robert Paul Hartley

Postdoctoral Research Scientist


Rob Hartley is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Center on Poverty and Social Policy in the Columbia School of Social Work, and he is jointly affiliated with the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. He received his PhD in economics in 2017 from the University of Kentucky. His research focuses on the economic consequences of social policy for low-income families and children. In particular, his work has examined the effects of welfare reform on behavioral labor responses as well as the intergenerational transmission of dependence. Further, Rob has active research interests in child care assistance and policy evaluation related to child poverty. His previous experience includes work on a range of safety net programs as a graduate research fellow at the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research.

At Columbia, Rob is collaborating with Irv Garfinkel, Jane Waldfogel, and Chris Wimer on projects that simulate the labor response and poverty impact of various policies related to taxes and transfers. Additionally, along with Chris Wimer, Rob is collaborating with Beth Mattingly, the Carsey School’s director of research on vulnerable families. Their work is focused on economic hardships for the working poor and access to quality child care.

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