Assistant Professor of Economics and Econometrics
Areas of Expertise
Public economics, religion and the determinants of philanthropic activity
A faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Hungerman’s research includes a study he co-authored that babies born in the winter face socioeconomic disadvantages, including being more likely to have mothers who are unmarried, who are teenagers or who lack a high school diploma. Another study Hungerman co-authored determined the erosion of “blue laws” – bans on opening stores on Sundays – points to an increase in drinking and drug use among young Americans. His work has been published in a number of journals including the Journal of Public Economics and the Quarterly Journal of Economics and has been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, Christianity Today, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, and National Public Radio.
Church attendance increases when the economy is bad.
Seasonal patterns for childbirth.