Mary A. Burke
Mary A. Burke
Senior Economist

Research

email  Mary.Burke@bos.frb.org

617-973-3066

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Primary fields of research

Social norms and social interactions, health economics, applied microeconomics

Publications

Refereed journal articles

"You Can Be Too Thin (But Not Too Tall): Social Desirability Bias in Self-reports of Weight and Height," with K. Carman. 2017. Economics and Human Biology 27(A), 198–222.

"Economic Literacy and Inflation Expectations: Evidence from a Laboratory Experiment," with M. Manz. 2014. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking 46(7): 1421–1456.

"Classroom Peer Effects and Student Achievement," with T.R. Sass. 2013. Journal of Labor Economics 31(1): 51–82.

Burke, M.A., Heiland, F., and C.M. Nadler. "From 'Overweight' to 'About Right': Evidence of a Generational Shift in Body Weight Norms." Obesity 2010, 18(6): 1226–34.

"Geographic Variations in a Model of Physician Treatment Choice with Social Interactions," with G.M. Fournier and K. Prasad. 2013. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 73(3): 418–32.

"The Diffusion of a Medical Innovation: Is Success in the Stars? Further Evidence," with G.M. Fournier and K. Prasad. 2009. Southern Economic Journal 75(4): 1274–78.

"Social Dynamics of Obesity," with F. Heiland. 2007. Economic Inquiry 45(3): 571–591.

"The Diffusion of a Medical Innovation: Is Success in the Stars?" with G.M. Fournier and K. Prasad. 2007. Southern Economic Journal 73(3): 588–603.

"The Emergence of Local Norms in Networks," with G.M. Fournier and K. Prasad. 2006. Complexity 11(5): 65–83.

"An Evolutionary Model of Debt," with K. Prasad. 2002. Journal of Monetary Economics 49(7): 1407–1438.

 "Competition and Custom in Economic Contracts: A Case Study of Illinois Agriculture," with H.P. Young. 2001. American Economic Review 91(3): 559–573.

Books and book chapters

"Social Norms," with H.P. Young in Handbook of Social Economics, eds. J. Benhabib, A. Bisin, and M.O. Jackson. 2010. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

"Social Multipliers" in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, eds. S. Durlauf and L. Blume. 2008. London: Palgrave-Macmillan.

"The Strength of Social Interactions and Obesity Among Women," with F. Heiland in Agent-Based Computational Modelling, eds. F. Billari, T. Fent, A. Prskawetz, and J. Scheffran. 2006. New York: Springer Science & Business Media.

Working papers and other unpublished papers

The Ups and Downs of the Gig Economy, 2015–2017.” 2018. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department Working Papers No. 18–12.

Wage Inflation and Informal Work,” with Anat Bracha. 2018. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Current Policy Perspectives No. 18-2.

"Community Education Circles in the Lawrence Public Schools: Evaluation Design and Baseline Survey," with Katharine Bradbury, John Brown, Erin Michelle Graves, and Robert Triest. 2017. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Current Policy Perspectives No. 17-1.

"Who Counts as Employed? Informal Work, Employment Status, and Labor Market Slack," with A. Bracha. 2016. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department Working Papers No. 16-29.

"Labor Force Participation in New England vs. the United States, 2007-2015: Why Was the Regional Decline More Moderate?" 2016. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Current Policy Perspectives No. 16-2.

"Changing Patterns in Informal Work Participation in the United States 2013-2015," with A. Bracha and A. Khachiyan. 2016. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Current Policy Perspectives No. 15-10.

"The Rhode Island Labor Market in Recovery: Where is the Skills Gap?" 2015. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Current Policy Perspectives No. 15-7.

"Within-School Spillover Effects of Foreclosures and Student Mobility on Student Academic Performance," with K. Bradbury and R. Triest. 2015. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department Working Papers No. 15-6.

"Informal Work Activity in the United States: Evidence from Survey Responses," with A. Bracha. 2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Current Policy Perspectives No. 14-13.

"Rhode Island in the Great Recession: Factors Contributing to its Sharp Downturn and Slow Recovery." 2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Current Policy Perspectives No. 14-9.

"Household Inflation Expectations and Spending: Evidence from Panel Data," with A. Ozdagli. 2013. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department Working Papers No. 13-25.

"The Effect of Foreclosure on Boston Public School Student Academic Performance," with K. Bradbury and R. Triest. 2013. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department Working Papers No. 13-12.

"Explaining Gender-Specific Racial Differences in Obesity Using Biased Self-Reports of Food Intake and Physical Activity," with F. Heiland. 2011. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department Working Papers No. 11-2.

"Race, Obesity, and the Puzzle of Gender Specificity," with F. Heiland. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department Working Papers No. 08-8.