Research 2017-05-16T17:23:19+00:00

Michael’s Research

Michael examines the effects of economic shocks and tax policy on social outcomes for children and families.  He has also studied the economic effects of incarceration and child poverty.  Michael’s work has been covered by the Huffington Post, ThinkProgress, The Daily Caller, and The Financial Times.


McLaughlin, M. (2017). Less Money, More Problems: How Changes in Families’ Disposable Income Affect Child Maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 67, 315-321.

Works Under Review

“The Economic Cost of Incarceration in the United States” (first author, with Carrie Pettus-Davis, Derek Brown, Chris Veeh, and Tanya Renn).

“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).

“The Economic Cost of Childhood Poverty in the United States” (first author, with Mark Rank).

“The Impact of State and Local Tax Structure on High School Graduation” (first author, with Mark Rank).

Michael’s CV