Elizabeth Caucutt is an Associate Professor at Western University. She is primarily interested in the intergenerational effects of family and human capital policy. Her work has included understanding why women are having children later and its implications for children, the role of rural-urban migration in the origins of social security and social insurance, the effects of education voucher policies on sorting of children across schools, the optimal level of higher education subsidies in the United States, and the appropriate policies needed to increase education levels in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, she is investigating the role borrowing constraints at different ages play in the human capital investments made in young children and college-going young adults. She is also interested in understanding the dramatic fertility and marriage rate differences between black and white individuals.
Caucutt received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota in 1997.