Susan L. Averett is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Colorado. Her current research focuses on the potential health effects of minimum wage increases, the effect of income support from the Earned Income Tax Credit on the health of mothers and children, the economic causes and consequences of obesity and untangling the relationship between marriage and health. She has also published work regarding the effect of welfare program on the fertility of immigrant women, the behavior and academic achievement of multiracial youth and the effect of birth order on adolescent health and risky behavior. She is the coauthor, with Saul D. Hoffman of the textbook “Women and the Economy: Family Work and Pay” published in 2016 by Palgrave which is in its third edition. Along with Laura Argys and Saul Hoffman, she is the editor of the Handbook of Women and the Economy published in May 2018 by Oxford University Press. She teaches courses on women and the economy, health economics, microeconomics and econometrics and has received numerous awards for her teaching. Within the Easton community, she serves on the Board of Trustees for Easton Hospital.
Averett is also an an IZA research fellow and is currently a co-Editor for the journal Economics and Human Biology. Along with Ed Gamber she was co-editor of the Eastern Economic Journal from 2010-2015 and also was the Eastern representative for the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. They do great work on behalf of women in the economics profession.