Leonard M. Lopoo

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs


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.

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“Pregnancy Medicaid Expansions and Fertility: Differentiating Between the Intensive and Extensive Margins.” Groves, Lincoln H., Sarah Hamersma, and Leonard M. Lopoo, Population Research and Policy Review 37(3) (2018), pp. 461-484.

“Federal Financial Aid and Family Formation: Examining the Social Security Student Benefit Program.” Groves, Lincoln H. and Leonard M. Lopoo, Journal of Family and Economic Issues 39(3) (2018), pp. 436-444.

“Health Insurance and Human Capital: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act’s Dependent Coverage Mandate.” Lopoo, Leonard M., Emily B. Cardon, and Kerri M. Raissian, Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 43(6) (2018), pp. 917-939.

“Fertility Policy in Developed Countries” in the Oxford Handbook of Women and the Economy, edited by Susan L. Averett, Laura Argys, and Saul D. Hoffman. Lopoo, Leonard M. and Kerri M. Raissian, Oxford University Press. (2018) pp. 173-193.

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