Jim Sullivan

Jim Sullivan

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Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Economics

Office: 447 Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-7587
Email: sullivan.197@nd.edu

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Areas of Expertise

  • Poverty
  • Unemployment
  • Labor economics
  • Public finance
  • Applied microeconomics

Sullivan’s research examines the consumption, saving and borrowing behavior of poor households in the U.S., and how welfare and tax policy affects the well-being of the poor. He is a research affiliate of the National Poverty Center, and his most recent work examines changes in consumption and income poverty in the U.S. over the past three decades. His research has been supported by grants from the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was a recipient of the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research Dissertation Award in 2003. His work has been published in the American Economic Review and in the and Journal of Policy Analysis Management, among others.


Official poverty numbers misleading; better measure needed

Supply-and-damand driving gas prices

New retirement option has pros and cons

Pump prices will rise until refineries repaired


Nutritional assistance programs would benefit from analysis, economist testifies before subcommittee

Study shows official measures of American poverty off-base

Economist’s research sheds light on consumption patterns of nation’s poor


The Boston Globe — Who’s poor? Depends how you measure it

Washington Post — How we won — and lost — the War on Poverty

NBC — There may be millions more poor people in the US than you think

New York Times — Another Way to Slice the Data

Freakonomics — What’s the Best Way to Measure Poverty: Income or Consumption?

NPR — What Americans Earn

New York Times — Another Way to Slice the Data

Huffington Post — Penn State Scandal Presents a Teachable Moment

Chicago Tribune — What Occupy Wall Street is getting totally wrong

Wall Street Journal — Gloom Widespread as College Grads Face New Math

Wall Street Journal — Economy, Politics Fan American Discontent

Fox News — Sorry, Mr. Biden most middle class Americans are better off now than they were thirty years ago

Freakonomics — What’s the Best Way to Measure Poverty: Income or Consumption?

Inside Higher Ed — Readjusting the Poverty Level

CNN.com — How Census gets it wrong on poverty

Christian Science Monitor — Poverty Rate:Are Americans really Poorer than in 1960?

Christian Science Monitor — The new poor and the almost-poor: Will the poverty rate climb more?