Leonard M. Lopoo

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs


Leonard M. Lopoo is a Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, the Director of the Center for Policy Research, and the 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 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, and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research. Lopoo is currently the social policy co-editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, a post he has held since 2008. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the Birkhead-Burkhead Teaching Excellence Award, 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 Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University from 2001-2003. 

Select Publications

“Government Spending and the Distribution of Economic Growth." Susan E. Mayer, Leonard M. Lopoo, and Lincoln H. Groves, Southern Economic Journal (In Press). 

“Household Crowding during Childhood and Long-Term Education Outcomes." Leonard M. Lopoo and Andrew S. London, Demography, Vol. 53, No. 3 (2016), pp. 699-721.

“School Desegregation and Teenage Fertility." Robert Bifulco, Leonard M. Lopoo and Sun Jung Oh, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Vol. 37, No. 4 (2015), pp. 591-611.

“Mandating Prescription Contraception Coverage: Effects on Contraception Consumption and Preventive Health Services." Kerri M. Raissian, and Leonard M. Lopoo, Population Research and Policy Review, Vol. 34, No. 4 (2015), pp. 481-510.

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