Michael’s Research

Michael examines the effect tax policy has on social outcomes, as well as the economics of poverty and child maltreatment.  Michael’s work has been covered by the New York Times, the Huffington Post, ThinkProgress, the Daily Caller, and the Fiscal Times.


  • McLaughlin, M. (2018). The Relationship between Cigarette Taxes and Child Maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 79, 339-349.
  • McLaughlin, M. (2017). Less Money, More Problems: How Changes in Families’ Disposable Income Affect Child Maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 67, 315-321.
  • McLaughlin, M., & Jonson-Reid, M. (2017). The Relationship between Child Welfare Financing, Screening, and Substantiation. Children and Youth Services Review, 82, 407-412. 
  • McLaughlin, M., & Rank, M. (2018). Estimating the Economic Cost of Childhood Poverty in the United States. Social Work Research. 
  • 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.