Bradley Hardy

Assistant Professor
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.
  • Degrees

    Ph.D., Economics, University of Kentucky; M.P.P., Georgetown University; B.A., Economics, Morehouse College

  • SPA - Public Admin and Policy
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • National Economic Association

    Executive Board Member

  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management


  • American Economic Association



  • Spring 2016

    • PUAD-685 Topics in Policy Analysis/Mgmt: Social Policy and Programs
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

  • Labor Economics 
  • Income Volatility 
  • Intergenerational Mobility 
  • Poverty
  • Social Policy

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

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