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Working papers and other unpublished papers

"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.