Chris M. Herbst
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Herbst Chris M. Herbst is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs and a Faculty Affiliate in the School of Social Work and the Center for Population Dynamics at Arizona State University. He received a Ph.D. in Public Policy in 2007 from the University of Maryland (College Park) School of Public Policy. His dissertation on U.S. child care subsidy policy and welfare reform received the 2006-2007 Ph.D. Dissertation Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). In 2007, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study the Danish welfare and labor market systems at Aalborg University in Denmark.

Chris' research focuses primarily on understanding the impact of child care and welfare policies on the well-being of children and parents. His research projects have examined the impact of the U.S. child care subsidy system on children's cognitive and behavioral development as well as maternal health and the quality of the parent-child relationship. Another stream of research assesses the effect of recent reforms to tax and transfer policies on single mothers' subjective well-being, as measured by survey questions on happiness and life satisfaction. Chris' work has been published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Economic Psychology, and Journal of Urban Economics.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2012.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
Title
10702  Casey Boyd-Swan
Chris M. Herbst
The Demand for Teacher Characteristics in the Market for Child Care: Evidence from a Field Experiment
10383  Chris M. Herbst
The Impact of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems on Families' Child Care Choices and the Supply of Child Care Labor
9076  Melanie Guldi
Chris M. Herbst
Offline Effects of Online Connecting: The Impact of Broadband Diffusion on Teen Fertility Decisions
9072 
This paper has repeatedly been among the Top 10 monthly downloads. 
Chris M. Herbst
The Rising Cost of Child Care in the United States: A Reassessment of the Evidence
8485  Chris M. Herbst
Are Parental Welfare Work Requirements Good for Disadvantaged Children? Evidence from Age-of-Youngest-Child Exemptions
7944  Chris M. Herbst
Joanna Lucio
Happy in the Hood? The Impact of Residential Segregation on Self-Reported Happiness
7846 
This paper has repeatedly been among the Top 10 monthly downloads. 
Chris M. Herbst
Universal Child Care, Maternal Employment, and Children's Long-Run Outcomes: Evidence from the U.S. Lanham Act of 1940
7261  Casey Boyd-Swan
Chris M. Herbst
John Ifcher
Homa Zarghamee
The Earned Income Tax Credit, Health, and Happiness
7039  Chris M. Herbst
The Impact of Non-Parental Child Care on Child Development: Evidence from the Summer Participation "Dip"
(published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2013, 105, 86105)
6306  Chris M. Herbst
Erdal Tekin
Child Care Subsidies, Maternal Well-Being, and Child-Parent Interactions: Evidence from Three Nationally Representative Datasets
(published in: Health Economics, 2014, 23 (8), 894-916)
6025  Chris M. Herbst
Erdal Tekin
The Geographic Accessibility of Child Care Subsidies and Evidence on the Impact of Subsidy Receipt on Childhood Obesity
(published in: Journal of Urban Economics, 2012, 71 (1), 37-52)
5102  Chris M. Herbst
Erdal Tekin
The Impact of Child Care Subsidies on Child Well-Being: Evidence from Geographic Variation in the Distance to Social Service Agencies
(forthcoming in: Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, [Online First])
4255  Chris M. Herbst
Erdal Tekin
Child Care Subsidies and Childhood Obesity
(published in: Review of Economics of the Household, 2011, 9 (3), 349 - 378)
3836  Chris M. Herbst
Erdal Tekin
Child Care Subsidies and Child Development
(published in: Economics of Education Review, 2010, 29 (4), 618-638)
 

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