Department of Public Administration and Policy
- Bradley Hardy is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests lie within labor economics, with an emphasis on economic instability, intergenerational mobility, poverty policy, and socio-economic outcomes. Within the department, he teaches courses on microeconomics and social policy. His research examines trends and sources of income volatility and intergenerational mobility within the United States, with a focus on socio-economically disadvantaged families. He also conducts research on the role of anti-poverty transfer programs such as SNAP food stamps and the earned income tax credit for improving economic well-being among low income individuals and families. Before joining American, he served as a research fellow at the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research. Prior to his doctoral studies, Hardy helped provide analyses of U.S. budget, tax, and income support policies as a researcher at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC. He currently serves on the executive board of the National Economic Association and the editorial board of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
DegreesPh.D., Economics, University of Kentucky; M.P.P., Georgetown University; B.A., Economics, Morehouse College
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Partnerships & Affiliations
National Economic Association
Executive Board Member
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
American Economic Association
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- Labor Economics
- Income Volatility
- Intergenerational Mobility
- Social Policy
Hardy, Bradley L. 2014. “Childhood Income Volatility and Adult Outcomes.” Demography. (DOI) 10.1007/s13524-014-0329-2
Hardy, Bradley L., and James P. Ziliak. 2014. “Decomposing Rising Income Volatility:The ‘Wild Ride’ at the Top and Bottom.” Economic Inquiry 52(1): 459-476.
Hardy, Bradley L. 2012. “Black Female Earnings and Income Volatility.” The Review of Black Political Economy (39) 465-75.
Ziliak, James P., Bradley Hardy, and Christopher Bollinger. 2011. “Earnings Volatility in America: Evidence from Matched CPS.” Labour Economics 18(6) 742-754.
Ziliak, James P., Charles Hokayem, and Bradley Hardy. 2008. “Child Care Subsidies and the Economic Well-Being of Recipient Families: A Survey and Implications for Kentucky,” Technical Report to Kentucky Youth Advocates and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Hardy, Bradley, James P. Ziliak, and Charles Hokayem. 2008. “The economic impact of child care subsidies for Kentucky,” University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research Occasional Policy Brief No. 3.
Hardy, Bradley, Richard Kogan, and Arloc Sherman, and. 2005. “What Are The Effects of Cutting Domestic Appropriations Another Two Percent?,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Parrott, Sharon, Arloc Sherman, and Bradley Hardy. 2005. “House Budget Resolution Would Require Much Deeper Cuts In Key Low-Income Programs Than Senate Budget Plan: Depth and Breadth of Cuts a Key Issue in the Budget Resolution Conference,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Parrott, Sharon, Jim Horney, Isaac Shapiro, Ruth Carlitz, Bradley Hardy, and David Kamin. 2005. “Where Would the Cuts Be Made Under the President’s Budget? An Analysis of Reductions in Education, Human Services, Environment, and Community Development Programs,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Work In Progress
Hardy, Bradley L. 2013. “Income Instability and the Response of the Safety Net.” Under review.
Hardy, Bradley L., and Seth Gershenson. 2013. “Parental Involvement, Summer Activities, and the Intergenerational Transmission of Educational Attainment.”
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 2012
Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholar, 2007-2011
University of Kentucky Lyman T. Johnson Fellow, 2006-2011
Phi Beta Kappa - Delta of Georgia at Morehouse College, May 2002