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Mary Eschelbach Hansen

Associate Professor
Department of Economics

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Director of Undergraduate Programs, Dept. of Economics
  • Mary Eschelbach Hansen is widely published in the fields of child welfare policy and economic history. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
  • Degrees

    PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

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  • CAS - Economics
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

 "Using Subsidies to Promote the Adoption of Children from Foster Care," Journal of Family and Economic Issues 28, 2007, pp. 377-393, doi: 10.1007/s10834-007-9067-6.

"The Value of Adoption," Adoption Quarterly 10(2), 2007, pp. 65-87.  doi: 101300/J145v10n02_03.

"The Distribution of a Federal Entitlement: The Case of Adoption Assistance" Journal of Socio-Economics 37(6), December 2008, pp. 2427-2442. doi:10.1016/j.socec.2007.06.013.

 "Religion, Social Capital, and Business Bankruptcy, 1921-1932" (with Bradley Hansen), Business History 50(6), November 2008, pp. 714-727.  

"Raising the Cut-Off:  The Empirical Case for Extending Adoption and Guardianship Subsidies from Age 18 to 21" (with Josh Gupta-Kagan), forthcoming in Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy (anticipated Winter 2008).


 In the news:

  • Op-ed, Washington Post, October 19, 2008: "Despite a Tragedy, Adoption Aid Remains Crucial."
  • Interview on WAMU's Metro Connection, October 10, 2008: "DC Remembers 1929."
  • Interview on AARP's Inside E Street, December 12, 2008:"Jobs Wanted: For Hire," Segment: "Looking to the Past" Testimony before the, Council of the District of Columbia, Committee on Human Services, Public Oversight Hearing on Extending Adoption and Guardianship Subsidies Until Age 21 and Expanding Guardianship Subsidies to Non-Kin, December 12, 2008

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