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Joseph P. Price

Associate Professor of Economics

Joseph P. Price is a Fellow at the Wheatley Institution and an Associate Professor of Economics at Brigham Young University. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics, a Research Fellow at the Sutherland Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Austin Institute, a Co-Editor of the Economics of Education Review, and the Director of the BYU Record Linking Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University in 2007.

Dr. Price has authored over 50 academic journal articles including articles in leading scientific journals such as Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Health Economics, Demography, and Management Science. His research has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and ABC News, and appeared on the Today Show with his wife and children to discuss birth order differences in how much time parents spend with their children.

Dr. Price manages a large research lab at BYU that includes more than 60 undergraduate research assistants. While at BYU, he has mentored over 300 research assistants and co-authored academic publications with 14 undergraduate students. Current projects include examining the importance of mother-child reading, the impact of marriage on poverty, mismatches in the marriage market, the prevalence of marriage penalties in US welfare policies, adoption placement rates in the US, and the link between marriage and mortality. His lab also partners with academics at other institutions to identify projects that can advance economic research while also improving the Family Tree at FamilySearch.

Dr. Price teaches behavioral economics and intermediate microeconomics at BYU and teaches a class at BYU education week about defending marriage. He and his wife, Emily, are the parents of seven children and try to read as much to their seventh child as they did with their first.