Sarah Hamersma

Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs


Sarah Hamersma is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research. She taught at the University of Florida before coming to Syracuse University. Much of her most recent research focuses on health and nutrition programs, examining their consequences for food insecurity, health outcomes, and labor supply. New work funded by the Cornell Population Center and Center for Aging Policy Studies (Syracuse) will investigate food assistance and labor market decisions over the life cycle in New York State. An additional new project, funded by the USDA through the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, will use the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to study the intergenerational transmission of food insecurity and the role of higher education and food assistance in breaking such transmission. Sarah received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004

Select Publications

"Wearing out Your Welcome: Examining Differential Medicaid Eligibility of New Entrants and Continuing Recipients." with Burçin Ünel. Contemporary Economic Policy, 35, Issue 3, pp. 457-471: 2017.

Food Security and Teenage Labor Supply” with Matthew Kim. Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, 38, Issue 1, pp. 73-92: March 2016.

"Information Shocks and the Takeup of Social Programs."  with David Figlio and Jeffrey Roth, formally an NBER working paper entitled "Information Shocks and Social Networks." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 34, Issue 4, pp. 781-804: Fall 2015.

"Temporary Help Work: Earnings, Wages and Multiple Job Holding." Carolyn Heinrich and Peter Mueser, Industrial Relations, Vol. 53, Issue 1  (January, 2014), pp. 72-100.

"The Effects of Medicaid Earnings Limits on Earnings Growth among Poor Workers." B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Vol. 13, Issue 2 (August, 2013), pp. 887–919. 

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