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Sarah Hamersma

Contact Information:

sehamers@syr.edu

315.443.3114

426 Eggers Hall

Office Hours:

By Appointment

Staff Support:

Zia Jackson

315.443.3114

zrjackso@syr.edu

Sarah Hamersma

Associate Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies, Public Administration and International Affairs Department


Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

Senior Research Associate, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health

Research Affiliate, Center for Aging and Policy Studies

Faculty Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute

Courses

  • 2024 Spring
    • PAI 810 Advanced Seminar: Policy and Administration - Research Seminar
  • 2023 Fall
    • PAI 810 Advanced Seminar: Policy and Administration - Applied Econ for Policy Analys
    • PAI 721 Introduction to Statistics
  • 2023 Spring
    • PAI 810 Advanced Seminar: Policy and Administration - Research Seminar
    • PAI 736 Health Economics & Policy
  • 2022 Fall
    • PAI 810 Advanced Seminar: Policy and Administration - Research Seminar
    • PAI 721 Introduction to Statistics
  • 2022 Spring
    • PAI 810 Advanced Seminar: Policy and Administration - Research Seminar
    • PAI 722 Quantitative Analysis

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2004

Bio

Sarah Hamersma is an associate professor of public administration and international affairs and a senior research associate in 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.

Areas of Expertise

Public economics, labor economics, applied econometrics

Research Interests

Anti-poverty programs, public health, labor supply of disadvantaged workers, statistical grammar

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"How does SNAP access prior to pregnancy affect maternal and infant health outcomes?", Sponsored by Department of Agriculture.

"Keeping the 'Great Equalizer' Fed: SNAP Access and Young Adults Educational Engagement", Sponsored by William T. Grant Foundation.

"Critical Issues for Food Policy Research in the Current Environment", Sponsored by CUSE Grants - Interdisciplinary Seminar Grant.

"Does Early Food Insecurity Impede the Educational Access Needed to Become Food Secure?", Sponsored by Department of Agriculture.

"Very Low Food Security and Teenage Labor Supply", Sponsored by Department of Agriculture.

Selected Publications

  • Journal Articles
    • Hamersma, S. E., Guldi, M., "Identifying the Effects of Pregnancy Medicaid on Mother, Infant, and Child Health." Journal of Health Economics, 2023.
    • Hamersma, S. E., Ye, J., "The Effect of Public Health Insurance Expansions on the Mental and Behavioral Health of Girls and Boys." Social Science and Medicine, 2021.
    • Hamersma, S. E., Maclean, J. ., "Insurance Expansions and Adolescent Use of Substance Use Disorder Treatment." Health Services Research, 2021.
    • Hamersma, S. E., Maclean, J. C., "Do expansions in adolescent access to public insurance affect the decisions of substance use disorder treatment providers?." Journal of Health Economics, 2021.
    • Hamersma, S. E., New York’s Recovery Drove National COVID-19 Case Reduction. Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, 2020.
    • Hamersma, S. E., Kim , M. and Timpe, B., "The Effects of Parental Medicaid Expansions on Children's Health Insurance Coverage." Contemporary Economic Policy, 2019.
    • Hamersma, S. E., Hou, Y., Kim, Y. and Wolf, D., "Business Cycles, Medicaid Generosity, and Birth Outcomes." Population Research and Policy Review, 2018.
  • Book Reviews
    • Hamersma, S. E., Sommerville., J. C., "The Decline of the Secular University: Why the Academy Needs Religion." Faith and Economics , 2006.
    • Hamersma, S. E., Bane , M. J. and Mead, L. M., "Lifting Up the Poor: A Dialogue on Religion, Poverty, and Welfare Reform." Faith and Economics, 2004.
  • Essay
    • Hamersma, S. E., "On Being a Visible Christian Economist." Faith and Economics, 2018.
  • Magazine/Trade Publications
    • Hamersma, S. E., "Uncertainty: The Beauty and Bedrock of Statistics.." Comment magazine, 2020.
    • Hamersma, S. E., "Countering Counter-Factual COVID Confusion." Convivium magazine, 2020.
    • Hamersma, S. E., "Are We Our Students’ Keepers?." Comment magazine, 2018.
    • Hamersma, S. E., "." Comment magazine, 2018.
    • Hamersma, S. E., "Finding Trust in the Economy." Comment magazine, 2017.
  • Newspaper Article
    • Hamersma, S. E., "The Bare Minimum." New York Times op-ed, 2007.

Presentations and Events

CREDO/Lumen Christi Economics and Catholic Social Thought Virtual Workshop, Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization and Lumen Christi Institute, "Rehumanizing Health Economics" (December 8, 2023)

Hamersma, S. E., McFarlane, M., Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings, Southern Economic Association, "How does SNAP access prior to pregnancy affect maternal and infant health outcomes?" (November, 2023)

Hamersma, S. E., Kaur, H., Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Conference, APPAM, "Which Counties Waive SNAP Work Requirements and How are Caseloads Affected?" (November, 2023)

NASPAA Annual Meeting, NASPAA, "Opportunity or Burden? Providing Teaching Experiences for PhD Students" (October, 2023)

Economics for the Common Good: The Work of Christian Economists, Association of Christian Economists, "Rehumanizing Health Economics" (July, 2023)

Annual Meeting, American Society of Health Economists, "SNAP Policy Variation and Educational Attainment: Evidence from the SIPP and ACS" (June, 2023)

Southern Economic Association meetings, "SNAP Policy Variation and Educational Attainment: Evidence from the SIPP" (November, 2021)

economics seminar, University of Louisville, "Under the Same Umbrella: Public health insurance expansions and the uniformity of insurance for families" (October, 2021)

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management meetings, "Keeping the “Great Equalizer” Fed: SNAP Access and Young Adults’ Educational Engagement" (November, 2020)

Southern Economic Association meetings, "Keeping the “Great Equalizer” Fed: SNAP Access and Young Adults’ Educational Engagement" (November, 2020)

"Publishing in Top Policy Journals" (November, 2020)

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) seminar, Indiana University, "Keeping the “Great Equalizer” Fed: SNAP Access and Young Adults’ Educational Engagement" (October, 2020)

Organized panel discussion at Southern Economic Association meetings, "Research, Dissemination, and Advocacy: the Role of the Policy Scholar" (November, 2019)

Center for Health Economics and Policy Studies (CHEPS) seminar, San Diego State University, "Keeping the “Great Equalizer” Fed: SNAP Access and Young Adults’ Educational Engagement" (September, 2019)

Hamersma, S. E., Kim , M., Moynihan workshop, Syracuse University, "Does Early Food Insecurity Impede the Educational Access Needed to Become Food Secure?" (May, 2019)

Honors and Accolades

Best Referee for Contemporary Economic Policy in 2022, Western Economic Association (April, 2023)