Leonard M. Lopoo

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Leonard Lopoo

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426 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-3114
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Katrina Fiacchi
(315) 443-9040

Curriculum Vitae
Leonard Lopoo's CV

Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics
Director, Center for Policy Research
Director, Maxwell X Lab
Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2001


Child and family policy, behavioral economics, economic demography


Spring 2022

PAI 805 Fundamentals of Policy Analysis, TuTh 2:00-3:20, CH 020


Leonard M. Lopoo is the Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, the director of the Center for Policy Research, and director and co-founder of the Maxwell X Lab. Professor Lopoo has been on the faculty at Syracuse University since 2003. Lopoo’s research is interdisciplinary and his interests primarily involve the family: fertility, marriage, maternal employment, and the social welfare policies designed to assist the low-income population. He has published in a number of journals, including Demography, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Journal of Public Economics, among many others. He has received funding from a number of federal agencies and foundations, including the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Aging, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, and the Allyn Family Foundation. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the Birkhead-Burkhead Teaching Excellence Award twice, an Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award, a Meredith Professors Recognition Award, and the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize. Len received his Ph.D. from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago in 2001, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University from 2001-2003. Full Biography


Selected Papers

Research Interests

Child and family policy

Economic demography