Karen A. Kopecky
Updated: May 2022
||karen.kopecky at atl.frb.org
||Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
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- Research Economist and Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, September 2020--present.
- Visiting Professor, Emory University, January 2015--present.
- Research Economist and Associate Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, April 2015--August 2020.
- Research Economist and Assistant Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, August 2010--March 2015.
- Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, University of Western Ontario, July 2010--July 2013.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Western Ontario, July 2006--July 2010.
- Long-term Visitor, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, August 2009--November 2009.
- "The Downward Spiral." Joint with Jeremy Greenwood and Nezih Guner, 2022, working paper.
- "How Important is Health Inequality for Lifetime Earnings Inequality?" Joint with Roozbeh Hosseini and Kai Zhao, 2021, revise and resubmit at Review of Economic Studies.
- "Substance Abuse during the Pandemic: Implications for Labor-Force Participation." Joint with Jeremy Greenwood and Nezih Guner, HSOA Journal of Addiction and Addictive Disorders, 9 (2022), 10087.
- "Did Substance Abuse during the Pandemic Reduce Labor Force Participation?" Joint with Jeremy Greenwood and Nezih Guner, 2022, Atlanta Fed Policy Hub.
- "Modeling to Inform Economy-Wide Pandemic Policy: Bringing Epidemiologists and Economists Together." Joint with Michale Darden, David Dowdy, Lauren Gardner, Barton H. Hamilton, Melissa Marx, Nicolas W. Papageorge, Daniel Polsky, Kimberly Powers, Elizabeth Struart, and Matthew Zahn, 2021, Health Economics, forthcoming.
- "The Evolution of Health over the Life Cycle." Joint with Roozbeh Hosseini and Kai Zhao, 2021, Review of Economic Dynamics, 45 (2022), pp. 237-263.
- "Behavior and the Transmission of COVID-19." Joint with Andrew Atkeson and Tao Zha, American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings, 111 (2021), pp. 356-360.
- "Rising Cohabitation and Child Development." Joint with Efi Adamopoulou, Anne Hannusch and Tim Obermeier, 2021, work in progress.
- "Four Stylized Facts about COVID-19." Joint with Andrew Atkeson and Tao Zha, 2020, NBER working paper 27719.
- "Estimating and Forecasting Disease Scenarios for COVID-19 with an SIR Model." Joint with Andrew Atkeson and Tao Zha, 2020, NBER working paper 27335.
- "The Impacts of COVID-19: Mitigation Efforts versus Herd Immunity." Joint with Tao Zha, 2020, Atlanta Fed Policy Hub.
- "The Wife's Protector: A Quantitative Theory Linking Contraceptive Technology with the Decline in Marriage." Joint with Jeremy Greenwood and Nezih Guner, 2019, prepared for the Handbook of Historical Economics, edited by Alberto Bison and Federico Giovanni, (Amsterdam: Elsevier North-Holland).
- "Old, frail, and uninsured: Accounting for features of the U.S. long-term care insurance market." Joint with R. Anton Braun and Tatyana Koreshkova, 2019, Econometrica, 87 (2019), pp. 981-1019.
- "Old, Sick, Alone and Poor: A Welfare Analysis of Old-Age Social Insurance Programs." Joint with R. Anton Braun and Tatyana Koreshkova. Review of Economic Studies 84 (2017), pp. 580-612.
- ``The Impact of Medical and Nursing Home Expenses and Social Insurance Policies on Savings." Joint with Tatyana Koreshokova. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics 6 (2014), pp. 29-72.
- ``Measuring the Welfare Gain from Personal Computers." Joint with Jeremy Greenwood. Economic Inquiry 51 (2013), pp. 336-347.
- ``The Trend in Retirement." International Economic Review 52 (2011), pp. 287-316.
- CIRANO-CIREQ-RSI-CREEi Workshop on the Economics of Ageing, April 2022.
- Ashoka Economic Conference in India, December 2021, virtual.
- University of Rochester Stockman Conference, October 2021, Rochester.
- LAEF conference: Welfare and Inequality in the 21st Century, October 2021, Santa Barbara.
- Econometric Society DSE summer school in Bonn, Germany, August 2021, virtual.
- Econometric Society DSE confernce in Bonn, Germany, August 2021, virtual.
- Minnesota Workshop in Macroeconomic Theory, August 2021, Minneapolis.
- NBER Summer Institute: Micro Data and Macro Models, August 2021, virtual.
- Virtual Family Macro Group, August 2021, virtual.
- ASSA/AEA Annual meeting, January 2021, virtual poster.
- Southern Economic Associaion, November 2020, Annual Meetings, virtual.
- Barcelona GSE Research Webinar: Income Dynamics and the Family, June 2020, virtual.
- Micro-Macro Labor Economics Conference, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, November 2019, San Francisco.
- Conference on Inequality and the Insurance Value of Transfers Over the Life Cycle, Institute for Fiscal Studies, October 2019, London.
- Michigan Retirement Research Center Workshop, March 2019, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
- Michigan Retirement Research Center Workshop, March 2018, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
- ASSA/AEA, January 2018, Annual Meetings, Philadelphia.
- QSPS Summer Workshop, May 2017, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.
- GCER/Cemmap Applied Micro Conference, May 2017, Georgetown University, Washington DC.
- Society for Economic Dynamics, July 2016, Annual Meetings, Toulouse.
- Aging and Adverse Selection Workshop, April 2016, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Atlanta.
- Econometric Society North American Summer Meeting, June 2014, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
- Michigan Retirement Research Center Workshop, April 2014, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
- Minnesota Workshop in Macroeconomic Theory, August 2013, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
- Society for Economic Dynamics, July 2013, Annual Meetings, Seoul.
- CIGS Conference on Macroeconomic Theory and Policy, June 2013, Tokyo, Japan.
- QSPS Summer Workshop, May 2013, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.
- Fall Midwest Macro Meetings, November 2012, University of Colorado at Boulder.
- Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance, March 2012, Conference on Health and Mortality, Univeristy of California at Santa Barbara.
- University of Rochester, October 2010, Stockman Conference, Rochester.
- Midwest Economic Association Meetings, March 2010, Evanston.
- Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance, October 2009, Conference on Health and the Macroeconomy, Univeristy of California at Santa Barbara.
- Society for Economic Dynamics, July 2009, Annual Meetings, Istanbul.
- Canadian Macro Study Group, November 2008, Annual Meetings, Toronto.
- University of Rochester, October 2008, Wegman's Conference, Rochester.
- University of Kiel, September 2008, Conference on Income Distrubtion and the Family, Kiel.
- National Bureau of Economic Research Summer Institute, July 2008, Conference on Research in Income and Wealth, Cambridge.
- Society for Economic Dynamics, July 2008, Annual Meetings, Boston.
- Midwest Macro Meetings , May 2008, Philadelphia.
- University of Rochester, October 2007, Wegman's Conference, Rochester.
- Society for Economic Dynamics, July 2006, Annual Meetings, Vancouver.
- Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance, June 2006, Housing Workshop, Univeristy of California at Santa Barbara.
- Midwest Macroeconomics Meetings, May 2006, St. Louis.
- Bank of Canada, April 2006, Labour Supply and Productivity Life Cycle Workshop, Ottawa.
- Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics, August 2005, Summer Workshop on "The Nexus between Household Economics and the Macro Economy", Stanford.
- National Bureau of Economic Research, March 2005, Urban Economics Working Group Meeting, Cambridge.
- Society for Economic Dynamics, July 2004, Annual Meetings, Florence.
- Australian Virtual Macro Seminar Series, May 2022.
- European University Institute, April 2022.
- University of Pennsylvania, April 2022.
- Georgetown University, December 2021.
- Goethe University Frankfurt, October 2021.
- University of California at Santa Barbara, October 2020.
- Vanderbilt University, September 2020.
- Bank of Canada, September 2020.
- Purdue University, September 2020.
- Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, June 2020.
- Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, November 2019.
- University of Houston, November 2019.
- William & Mary, October 2019.
- University of Mannheim, October 2018.
- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, February 2018.
- Virginia Commonwealth University, November 2017.
- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, April 2017.
- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, March 2017.
- McGill University, February 2017.
- Indiana University, September 2014.
- University of Pennsylvania, December 2013.
- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, September 2013.
- University of California at San Diego, May 2012.
- University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, March 2010.
- Queen's University, March 2010.
- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Janruary 2010.
- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, August 2009.
- University of Wisconsin - Madison, March 2009.
- Wharton, December 2008.
- Concordia University, May 2007 and May 2008.
- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, March 2007.
- University of Guelph, December 2006.
- York University, November 2006.
- University of Texas at San Antonio, April 2006.
- Universidad Carlos III do Madrid, April 2006.
- Cornell University, March 2006.
- University of Western Ontario, March 2006.
- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, March 2006.
- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, March 2006.
- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, February 2006.
- University of California at Santa Barbara, January 2006.
- Purdue University, January 2006.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 2006.
- Stanford University, January 2006.
- University of Rochester, October 2005.
- "Dynamic Pricing Regulation and Welfare in Insurance Markets" by Naoki Aizawa and Ami Ko. Montreal Series on the Economics of Ageing: Mini-Conference, June 2021.
- "Are Marriage-related Taxes and Social Security Benefits holding back Female Labor Supply?" by Margherita Borella, Mariacristina de Nardi, and Fang Yang. Richmond Fed Conference on Household Dynamics at Older Ages, May 2021.
- "Health, Consumption, and Inequality," by Jay Hong, Josep Pijoan-Mas, and Jose Victor Rios-Rull. Philadelphia Workshop on Macroeconomics and Public Policy, April 2019.
- "Save, Spend, or Give? The Role of Housing and Family Insurance in Old Age," by Daniel Barczyk, Sean Fahle, and Matthias Kredler. Canadian Macro Study Group, November 2018.
- "The Effect of the Affordable Care Act on the Labor Supply, Savings, and Social Security of Older Americans," by Eric French, Hans-Martin von Gaudecker and John Bailey Jones. Atlanta Fed Employment Conference, September 2017.
- "Work Incentives of Medicaid Beneficiaries and the Role of Asset Testing," by Svetlana Pashchenko and Ponpoje Porapakkarm. Philadelphia Macro Workshop, April 2015.
- "Is There 'Too Much' Inequality in Health Spending Across Income Groups?," by Ales, Hosseini, and Jones. Canadian Macro Study Group, November 2013.
- "It's Not Me, It's You: Social Skills and Human Capital in the Labor and Marriage Market," by Kambourov, Siow and Turner. CIREQ Macroeconomics Conference, April 2013.
- "Incidental Bequests: Bequest motives and the Choice to Self-Insure Late-Life Risks," by Lee Lockwood. AEA Annual Meetings, January 2013.
- "The Role of Automatic Stabilizers in the U.S. Business Cycle," by Alisdair McKay and Ricardo Reis. NBER workshop on Methods and Applications for DSGE Models, October 2012.
- "The Young, the Old, and the Restless: Demographics and Business Cycle Volatility," by Henery Siu and Nir Jaimovich. Canadian Macro Study Group, November 2006.
- First vice-president, Midwest Economics Association, March 2020-21.
Review and Editorial Work
- Associate Editor, Quantitative Economics, starting July 2022.
- Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, June 2021-present.
- Referee: American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Review, Canadian Journal of Economics, Econometrica, Economic Inquiry, Economic Theory, European Economic Review, International Economic Review, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of European Economic Association, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Public Economics, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Quantitative Economics, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Dynamics, Review of Economic Studies, The B.E. Journals of Macroeconomics.
- Visiting Scholar, Economics Department, Emory University, 2015--present.
- Writing course on Topics in Family Economics (Undergraduate), Spring 2022.
- Writing course on COVID-19 and the Economy (Undergraduate), Spring 2021.
- PhD Macroeconomics Reading Group (Graduate), Fall 2020, Spring 2020 and Fall 2019.
- Assistant Professor, Economics Department, University of Western Ontario, 2006--2010.
- Advanced Macroeconomics (Undergraduate Honours), Winter 2010, Winter 2009, Winter 2008 and Winter 2007.
- Intermediate Macroeconomics (Undergraduate Honours), Winter 2010 and Fall 2008.
- Computational Methods for Macroeconomics and Applications (Graduate), Fall 2007 and Fall 2006.
- Economic Statistics (Undergraduate), Fall 2007.
- Lecturer, Economics Department, University of Rochester, 2004 and 2005.
- Econometrics, Summer 2004 and 2005.
- Programming in C++, Fall 2004 and Fall 2005.
- Teaching Assistant, Economics Department, University of Rochester, 2002--2006.
- Macroeconomics II (Graduate), Spring 2005 and Spring 2006.
- Econometrics, Spring 2004.
- Econometrics, Fall 2003.
- Economic Statistics, Spring 2003.
- Intermediate Microeconomics, Fall 2002.
Doctoral Student Supervision
- Supervision of Carla Moreno, Phd: May 2022.
- Supervision of Anne Hannusch, Phd: May 2018, Emory.
- Dissertation Committee of Xiangyu Gong, Phd: May 2018, Emory.
- Co-supervision of Kai (Jackie) Zhao, Phd: May 2010, Western Ontario.
- Co-supervision and thesis examination of Yufei Yuan, Phd: May 2009, Western Ontario.
- Co-supervision of Evan Davies, Phd: May 2009, Western Ontario (Engineering).