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Melissa Spencer

Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Profile

    Melissa Spencer is an applied microeconomist who received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia. Her research covers a range of topics in the areas of gender, health, and crime, including domestic violence and reproductive health. For more information visit https://melissakspencer.com/.

  • Publications
    Journal Articles

    Miller, A. R., Segal, C., & Spencer, M. K. (2022). Effects of COVID-19 shutdowns on domestic violence in US cities. Journal of Urban Economics, 131, 103476.


    Working Papers "Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Domestic Violence in Los Angeles" with Amalia Miller (UVA) and Carmit Segal (UZH). NBER Working Paper w28068.

    "Safer Sex? The Effect of AIDS Risk of Birth Rates"

    "The Effects of Abortion Counseling Laws," with Rebecca Brough (UC Davis)

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