Elizabeth T. Powers

Elizabeth T. Powers

Senior Scholar, IGPA

Associate Professor

Department of Economics

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Elizabeth T. Powers is a member of the IGPA working group on Education and Learning. She has conducted research on the incentive effects of public insurance programs, the effects of child health on maternal labor supply, employment effects of the minimum wage, and the caregiver labor market. Ongoing research projects are in the areas of children’s cognitive development, U.S.-Mexican migration, child support policy, work disability and the Disability Insurance program, and long-term care facilities. Professor Powers is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and received fellowships and awards for her scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania, Vassar College, the Brookings Institution, and the University of Illinois. She has been a principal investigator on numerous grants.

Associated IGPA Projects

Education and Learning Working Group

Former Experience

Prior to joining the University of Illinois in 1996, Professor Powers was an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and a junior staff economist with President George H.W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers.

Professional Appointments

Member, Health Transitions in Immigrant Families Initiative, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Faculty Affiliate, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Affiliate, National Poverty Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Affiliate, Sloan Work and Family Research Network at Boston College

Faculty Associate, Center for Business and Public Policy, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Affiliated Researcher, University of Michigan Retirement Research Center

Editorial Board Member, National Tax Journal


PhD: University of Pennsylvania, 1994

Undergraduate: Vassar College, 1986