Daniel Hungerman

Daniel Hungerman

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Assistant Professor of Economics and Econometrics

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

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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.


The New York Times — Racial Identity, and Its Hostilities, Are on the Rise in American Politics

Dawn—People were more religious before

Wall Street Journal—New Light on the Plight of Winter Babies


Fewer ‘blue laws’ related to risky behavior


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