The most satisfying aspect of research is when it gets used in the real world! Here are some recent ways my work with colleagues has had public impact:

July 2020 Brookings Institution brief (“COVID-19 job and income loss…”) cited in Amicus Brief filed November 23, 2022 with the U.S. Supreme Court by HWG LLP law firm in the case Biden vs. State of Nebraska et al. concerning the Biden administration’s student loan cancelation plan

April 2020 white paper (“Nothing to show for it…”) cited by PolitiFact (The Poynter Institute) concerning an August 28, 2022 claim made on CNN by Senator Elizabeth Warren

June 2022 white paper (“Experimental evidence…student debt forgiveness”) cited by:

“Retirement plans poised to benefit from student loan forgiveness” By Justin Baer, Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2022

April 2022 wave 2 research report on the Expanded Child Tax Credit covered by:

“How government chipped away at child poverty” By Ferrel Guillory, EducationNC, September 16, 2022 

“Pandemic aid cut U.S. poverty to new low in 2021, Census Bureau reports” By Lydia DePillis and Jason DeParle, New York Times, September 13, 2022

“Experts wrangle over impact of now-defunct expanded child tax credit” By Lois M. Collins, Deseret News, April 20, 2022

“Brookings survey discusses tax credit” By Joselyn King, The Intelligencer. Wheeling News-Register, April 20, 2022

“New study reveals the sweeping impact of the child tax credit” By Stephen Silver, The National Interest, April 20, 2022

“As the expanded child tax credit draws to a close, yet another study highlights its positive impact” By Samantha Fields, Marketplace, April 20, 2022 

“Child tax credit payments helped parents avoid selling plasma, taking payday loans” By Arthur Delaney. Huffington Post, April 13, 2022  

September 2021 wave 1 research report on Expanded Child Tax Credit cited by Human Rights Watch in its January 2023 submission to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Rights of the Child and Social Protection regarding Human Rights Council Resolution 49/20

September 2021 research report ( on Expanded Child Tax Credit cited in written and oral testimony by Dr. William McBride, Tax Foundation Vice President of Federal Tax and Economic Policy, prepared for a U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee hearing on October 6, 2021, titled, “Building Back Better: Raising Revenue to Invest in Shared Prosperity.” and covered by various media outlets:

“Put partisan politics aside – The Child Tax Credit must be renewed immediately.” By Ben McAdams and Dennis Ross. The Hill, January 22, 2022

“Immigrant parents are less aware of child tax credit than US-born parents and more likely to plan to use it to invest in education, fill gaps in child care and health care.” By Elaine Maag. Forbes Magazine, October 7, 2021

“How the expanded child tax credit is helping families.” By Neil Schoenherr, Washington University in St. Louis Newsroom, October 5, 2021

“The Child Tax Credit encourages parents to work, study finds.” By Carmen Reinicke, CNBC, September 23, 2021

“Boosted Child Tax Credit may be getting more parents back to work.” By Maurie Backman, Motley Fool, September 25, 2021

“The expanded child tax credit is working. Let’s make it permanent.” By Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, September 28, 2021

“94% of parents say Child Tax Credit payments allow them to work more, study shows.” By Andrew Trunsky, Tampa Free Press, September 24, 2021

“Rewriting the social contract.” By Tammy Worth, Leader’s Edge, July 20, 2021.

“Guest opinion: How to help your employees avoid the perils of payday loans.” By David Lander and Kim Zachritz, St. Louis Business Journal, November 20, 2020 (Cited an October 2019 research brief).

“Sustainable finance addresses social justice as COVID-19 raises the stakes.” By Lori Shapiro, Neesha-ann Longdon, and Dimitri Henry, S&P Global Ratings, November 10, 2020 (Cited June 2020 Brookings Institution brief on housing hardships).

“It’s about to get a lot worse.” By Erica Pandey, Axios, July 18, 2020. Story also cited in The Times (London), Ipsos, and the Austin Business Journal.  

“How Tech Is Making Banking More Inclusive.” By Colin Walsh, Forbes Magazine, January 27, 2020.