Daniel Hungerman

Daniel Hungerman

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Stepan Family Associate Professor of Economics

Office: 439 Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-4495
Email: dhungerm@nd.edu

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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.


Fewer ‘blue laws’ related to risky behavior


School vouchers bring more money to Catholic schools — but at a cost, study finds
School choice programs lead to private school revenue gains
Teaching awards honor exemplary work with undergraduates
Catholic sex-abuse crisis boon for Baptists, new research shows
New study suggests winter babies face socioeconomic disadvantages
Three new faculty share transition period


America — What Trump’s call for vouchers could mean for Catholic schools
The Atlantic — The Catholic Schools Saved by Vouchers
Politico — School vouchers ‘diminish’ churches’ religious activities
The New York Times — Racial Identity, and Its Hostilities, Are on the Rise in American Politics
Dawn (Pakistan) — People were more religious before
The New York Times — Affiliation, Before and After Scandal
Freakonomics Blog — Catholic Losses Are Baptist Gains
Newsweek — No Atheists in Foxholes
The Wall Street Journal — New Light on the Plight of Winter Babies
Indianapolis Star — Taking a day off from buying booze
McLean’s — Winter birthday? A new study says that may say something about your parents
The Wall Street Journal — God Will Provide — Unless the Government Gets There First
The Christian Science Monitor — Economists cover everything from fertility to football in 2007
Christianity Today — Blue Law Special
The New York Times — Opportunities Behind Bars
The Washington Post — When Malls Stay Open on Sundays, the Pious Party
The Christian Science Monitor — Maybe ‘blue laws’ weren’t so bad