Research 2017-06-27T18:59:12+00:00

Michael’s Research

Michael examines the economics of child maltreatment and poverty.  He is currently researching the effects of tax policy on social outcomes.  Michael’s work has been covered by the Huffington Post, ThinkProgress, The Daily Caller, and The Fiscal Times.


  • McLaughlin, M. (2017). Less Money, More Problems: How Changes in Families’ Disposable Income Affect Child Maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 67, 315-321.
  • McLaughlin, M., & Rank, M. (2017). Estimating the Economic Cost of Childhood Poverty in the United States. Social Work Research, forthcoming.
  • McLaughlin, M., Pettus-Davis, C., Brown, D., Veeh, C., & Renn, T. (2017). The Economic Burden of Incarceration in the U.S. St. Louis, MO: Institute for Advancing Justice Research and Innovation. 

Works Under Review 

  • The Relationship between Child Welfare Financing and Child Maltreatment Screen-out Rates (first-author, with Melissa Jonson-Reid).
  • The Impact of Federal Transfers on Infant Mortality (first author, with Mark Rank).

Works In Progress

  • The Relationship between Cigarette Taxes and Child Maltreatment Rates. 

Michael’s CV