Faculty Affiliate and Professor of Public Policy, Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies



Dr. Gennetian is an applied economist whose research straddles a variety of topics that fall under the umbrella of child poverty focused on the economic behavior of parents and households, the implications on children’s development, and the ways in which children and families are affected by resources provided and experiences with social policies and programs.  Her work embraces multi- and inter-disciplinary frameworks drawing upon a rich history of collaboration with scholars across fields of child development, economics, neuroscience, political science, and sociology. She is a PI on the first multi-site multi-year randomized control study of a monthly unconditional cash transfer to low income mothers of infants in the U.S. called Baby’s First Years. Her recent work bridges poverty scholarship with advances in insights from behavioral economics to the arena of children’s development.