Phillip Levine

Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics

Applies statistical methods to address social issues like college access, abortion and births, early childhood education, gun violence, and more broadly, to evaluate policies designed to improve the well-being of disadvantaged youth.

Along with many publications in academic journals and edited volumes, I am the author of Sex and Consequences: Abortion, Public Policy, and the Economics of Fertility, co-editor of Targeting Investments in Children: Fighting Poverty When Resources are Limited, and co-author of Reconsidering Retirement: How Losses and Layoffs Affect Older Workers. My latest book, A Problem of Fit: How the Complexity of College Pricing Hurts Students - and Universities analyzes the system of pricing in higher education and the ways that we can change it to improve access. I have contributed essays to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Time, and Slate and appeared on CNN, MSNBC, ABC News Nightline, NPR All Things Considered, and others. I am also founder and CEO of MyinTuition Corp., which operates the MyinTuition simplified financial aid calculator available at It is currently being used at dozens of colleges and universities. I am also a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The focus of my research spills over into my teaching activities. I emphasize statistical and econometric methods in my own work and bring these interests to the classroom. I am a core member of the group of faculty in the Economics Department who teach the courses Introduction to Probability and Statistics and Econometric Methods. A key component of these classes is applying statistical analysis to real-world problems. My upper-level course, Economic Analysis of Social Policy, even more specifically targets my research interests.

National Bureau of Economic Research


  • B.S., Cornell University
  • M.S., Cornell University
  • Ph.D., Princeton University