Kasey Buckles

Kasey Buckles

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Brian and Jeannelle Brady Associate Professor

Office: 436 Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-6210
Email: kbuckles@nd.edu

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Areas of Expertise

Economics of the family, economic demography, health economics, labor economics

Buckles’ primary research area is the economics of the family. In her work, she investigates how people make decisions about family structure, and considers the consequences of these decisions — particularly for the children in the family. Recent papers explore the effects of sibling spacing on child achievement, and the reasons for the relationship between marital status and infant health. She also works in the field of health economics, where she has explored the causes of geographic variation in cesarean rates, and the effect of college education on health. Buckles has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Her work has been published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Demography, Health Economics, and the Journal of Human Resources. She is a faculty affiliate of the Lab for Economic Opportunities and the Gender Studies Program.


Buckles discusses her research on seasonal patterns for childbirth.


Holiday spending outlook on the upswing


New Notre Dame study examines prenatal investments, breastfeeding and birth order
College graduates healthier than non-grads, study shows
New study looks at unintended costs of mandated infertility coverage
Study: Subsidies change incentives for adoption of foster children
Want smarter children? Space siblings at least two years apart, research shows
New study examines how cost affects decisions to marry
New study suggests winter babies face socioeconomic disadvantages
Faculty members become students once again


Huffington Post — Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants To Test Everybody For Syphilis Before Marriage
ABC Brisbane — Family affairs with Susan Hetherington
ABC News — Age Space Between Siblings Contributes to Academic Success
The Australian — A new study has found a two-year spacing between siblings increases their academic results
Herald Sun — Giving birth to siblings two years apart boosts their brain power
Hindustan Times — Get smart kids by spacing them 2 yrs apart
CBC News — Want a smart child? Wait 2 years before having another
New Zealand Herald — Benefits to increasing spacing between siblings – study
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams — Study: Spacing siblings makes them smarter
Time Magazine (Healthland) — Spacing Siblings At Least Two Years Apart Makes Kids Smarter
The New York Times — Spacing Children Farther Apart Benefits Older Siblings
Freakonomics — Want Smarter Kids? Space Them (At Least) Two Years Apart
Freakonomics — College Makes You Healthy
The Wall Street Journal — New Light on the Plight of Winter Babies
The Wall Street Journal — Married and Merry in the Recession
Indianapolis Star — Blood tests may keep some from marrying, study finds