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Bradley Hardy Associate Professor Department of Public Administration and Policy

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

Bradley Hardy is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University and nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. He also serves as a visiting scholar with the Center for Household Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and as a research affiliate of the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research.

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, the earned income tax credit, and TANF for improving economic well-being among low income individuals and families.

He currently serves on the executive board of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the editorial boards of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and the Review of Black Political Economy. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Review of Black Political Economy
    Editorial Board Member

  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

  • American Economic Association

  • Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
    Editorial Board Member

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Hardy, Bradley L., Timothy Smeeding, and James P. Ziliak. 2018. “The Changing Safety Net for Low Income Parents and Their Children:  Structural or Cyclical Changes in Income Support Policy?” Demography.

Andrews, Rodney, Marcus Casey, Bradley L. Hardy, and Trevon D. Logan. 2017. “Location Matters: Historical Racial Segregation and Intergenerational Mobility.” Economics Letters 158: 67-72.

Hardy, Bradley L. 2016. "Income Instability and the Response of the Safety Net." Contemporary Economic Policy 35(2): 312-330.

Brown-Robertson, LaTanya, Marcus Casey, Bradley Hardy, and Daniel Muhammad. 2016. "Does Does the EITC Buffer Against Neighborhood Transition? Evidence from Washington D.C.?" Forthcoming at the American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings.

Hardy, Bradley L. 2014.  “Childhood Income Volatility and Adult Outcomes.” Demography 51(5): 1641-1655.

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.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

Elected Member, National Academy of Social Insurance

Okun-Model Fellow, The Brookings Institution, 2017-2018

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

Research Interests

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

AU News & Achievements

Earned-Income Tax Credit

Research ·

Does D.C.’s Earned-Income Tax Credit Raise Likelihood for Low-Income Workers to Escape Poverty?

A recent working paper co-written by SPA assistant Professor Bradley Hardy finds that Washington D.C.’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) raises the likelihood for low-income workers to escape poverty.
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Bradley Hardy giving a lecture.

Achievements ·

SPA Professor Named Distinguished Expert in Social Insurance

The National Academy of Social Insurance has named SPA Associate Professor Bradley Hardy as one of its distinguished social insurance experts, and member of its academy.
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SPA Assistant Professor Bradley Hardy

Achievements ·

Bradley Hardy Named Brookings Economic Studies Fellow

American University School of Public Affairs Assistant Professor Bradley Hardy has been awarded a Brookings Institution economic studies fellowship for 2016/2017 academic year.
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