Susan Mayer

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Suppose there is a principal-agent relationship between employer and employee in which effort is not contractible, but is elicited through employer incentive mechanisms. We term preferences that allow the employer to elicit effort at lower cost incentive enhancing. We analyze how such preferences affect earnings, nd then provide evidence that one of the(More)
  • Miles Corak, Tony Atkinson, George Beelen, Rebecca Blank, Bruce Bradbury, Jonathan Bradshaw +16 others
  • 2005
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  • Rob Alessie, Joe Altonji, Patty Anderson, Doug Bernheim, Norman Bradburn, Greg Duncan +14 others
  • 2000
There are vast differences in wealth holdings, even among households in similar age groups. In addition, a large percentage of U.S. households arrive close to retirement with little or no wealth. While many explanations can be found to rationalize these facts, approximately thirty percent of households whose head is close to retirement have done little or(More)
he unprecedented decline in the caseload of the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program, retitled the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in 1996, has been, by common agreement, remarkable. The caseload has declined by 50 percent since its peak in 1994 and is now at a level roughly similar to what it was in the late 1970s.(More)
Many U.S. policymakers support changing the "culture" of poor parents to encourage marriage, work, and religion as a means to end the intergenerational transmission of poverty. In this article Jens Ludwig and Susan Mayer review and evaluate research on how parental work, marriage, and religion affect children's socioeconomic status as adults, as well as on(More)
This paper examines the effects of family structure on family income and food consumption, using fixed-effects to control for unobservable characteristics of the family. The effects of divorce on the family income and family-level consumption of children born to two-parent households, and the effects of marriage on children born into single-parent(More)
SNAP and the EITC/CTC are the largest income transfer programs available to able-bodied working poor and near-poor families, and joint participation over time in the programs has more than doubled in the past decade. We examine whether this growth in longer-term program reliance is a result of the cyclical downturn from the Great Recession, from more(More)
To learn about new publications as they appear, register on our site to receive monthly email alerts. The concepts of positive youth development suggest that nearly all youth are capable of growing up properly and avoiding trouble if they can be attached to a variety of social resources that facilitate healthy development and discourage harmful behavior.(More)
  • Annamaria Lusardi, Rob Alessie, Patty Anderson, Doug Bernheim, Norman Bradburn, Greg Duncan +16 others
  • 2001
and participants at several other conferences and universities' seminars for suggestions and comments. Any errors are the author's responsibility. The program is funded through a grant from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Each grant awarded is up to $25,000. In addition to submitting a paper, successful applicants also present their results to SSA(More)