Elizabeth Oltmans Ananat

Elizabeth Oltmans Ananat

Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

External Address: 
201 Science Drive, 230 Rubenstein Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708-0245
(919) 613-7302

Elizabeth Oltmans Ananat is Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies and Economics at Duke University. She received a B.A. in political economy and mathematics at Williams College in 1999, a master's degree in public policy from the Ford School at the University of Michigan in 2001, and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006. In 2010 she served as Senior Economist for Labor, Education, and Welfare at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Her research focuses on the intergenerational dynamics of poverty and inequality. (On leave, 2015-2016)


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2006
  • B.A., Williams College 1999

Schenck-Fontaine, A, Gassman-Pines, A, Gibson-Davis, CM, and Ananat, EO. "Local Job Losses and Child Maltreatment: The Importance of Community Context." Social Service Review 91, no. 2 (June 2017): 233-263. Full Text

Ananat, EO, Gassman-Pines, A, Francis, DV, and Gibson-Davis, CM. "Linking job loss, inequality, mental health, and education." Science (New York, N.Y.) 356, no. 6343 (June 2017): 1127-1128. Full Text

Gibson-Davis, CM, Ananat, EO, and Gassman-Pines, A. "Midpregnancy Marriage and Divorce: Why the Death of Shotgun Marriage Has Been Greatly Exaggerated." Demography 53, no. 6 (December 2016): 1693-1715. Full Text

Gassman-Pines, A, Gibson-Davis, CM, and Ananat, EO. "How Economic Downturns Affect Children's Development: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Pathways of Influence." Child Development Perspectives 9, no. 4 (December 2015): 233-238. Full Text Open Access Copy

Gassman-Pines, A, Ananat, EO, and Gibson-Davis, CM. "Effects of statewide job losses on adolescent suicide-related behaviors." American journal of public health 104, no. 10 (October 2014): 1964-1970. Full Text Open Access Copy

Ananat, EO, Gassman-Pines, A, and Gibson-Davis, C. "Community-wide job loss and teenage fertility: evidence from North Carolina." Demography 50, no. 6 (December 2013): 2151-2171. Full Text Open Access Copy

Gibson-Davis, C, Ananat, EO, and Gassman-Pines, A. "The Effect of Local Economic Downturns on Teen Births: Evidence from North Carolina (Submitted)." revise and resubmit, Demography (2012). (Academic Article)


Ananat, EO, Gassman-Pines, A, and Gibson-Davis, CM. "The effects of local employment losses on children's educational achievement." In Whither Opportunity?: Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children's Life Chances, 299-313. January 1, 2011.

Ananat, EO, Gassman-Pines, A, and Gibson-Davis, CM. Community-Wide Job Loss and Teenage Fertility. April 2013.

Ananat, EO, Gassman-Pines, A, Francis, DV, and Gibson-Davis, CM. Children Left Behind: The Effects of Statewide Job Loss on Student Achievement..

Ananat, EO, Gruber, J, Levine, PB, and Staiger, D. Abortion and Selection..

Ananat, EO, Gruber, J, and Levine, PB. Abortion Legalization and Lifecycle Fertility..

Ananat, EO, and Hungerman, DM. The Power of the Pill for the Next Generation..

Ananat, EO, and Washington, E. Segregation and Black Political Efficacy..

Danziger, SK, Ananat, EO, and Browning, KG. "Child-care subsidies and the transition from welfare to work." 2006.

Selected Grants

The Racial Marriage Gap and Student Achievement: A New Look at an Old Conundrum awarded by William T Grant Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

The Marcellus Shale Income Gains (MSIG) Natural Experiment awarded by Pennsylvania State University (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016

The Effects of Local Job Destruction on Youth Mobility awarded by Russell Sage Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016