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Natasha Pilkauskas

Associate Professor of Public Policy

Natasha Pilkauskas is an associate professor of public policy at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Her research considers how demographic, social safety net, and economic shifts in the U.S. affect families and children with low-incomes. A large area of her research focuses on the living arrangements of children – especially those who live in shared and multigenerational households. Much of her research also considers economic insecurity and how social policies, like the Earned Income Tax Credit, might improve the developmental and life trajectories of children living in poverty. Pilkauskas’ research has been published in broad array of top peer-reviewed journals across academic fields including demography, sociology, social work, public health, developmental psychology, and economics. Her research has also been supported by the Russell Sage Foundation, the Institute for Research on Poverty, and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, among others. Some of Pilkauskas’ current research projects include an evaluation of a cash transfer program, several studies of the Earned Income Tax Credit, and a few projects examining employment quality/low-wage work. Pilkauskas received her BA in sociology and economics from Northwestern University, her Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and her MA and PhD in social welfare policy from Columbia University’s School of Social Work.

Learn more on Pilkauskas' personal website.

Educational Background

  • MA and PhD in Social Welfare Policy from Columbia University
  • MPP, Harvard University
  • BA in sociology and economics, Northwestern University

Recent Publications

  • Michelmore, K. & Pilkauskas, N.V. (Forthcoming). Tots and teens: How does child’s age influence maternal labor supply and child care response to the Earned Income Tax Credit? Journal of Labor Economics. Preprint available here:
  • Harvey, H., Dunifon, R. & Pilkauskas, N.V. (Forthcoming). Under whose roof? Understanding the living arrangements of children in doubled-up households. Demography.
  • Pilkauskas, N.V., Amorim, M., & Dunifon, R. (2020). Historical trends in children living in multigenerational households in the United States : 1870-2018. Demography.
  • Bruns, A. & Pilkauskas, N.V. (2020). Juggling jobs and kids: Maternal multiple job holding and children’s socioemotional behavior in early childhood. Community, Work and Family.
  • Pilkauskas, N.V. & Schneider, W. (2020). Fathering among non-resident dads: Does paternity leave matter? Journal of Marriage and Family, 83, 1604-1624.
  • Pilkauskas, N.V. & Michelmore, K. (2019). The effect of the Earned Income Tax Credit on housing and living arrangements. Demography, 56, 1303-1326.

See Pilkauskas' personal website for more publications.