Joanne Song McLaughlin


Joanne Song Mclaughlin.

Joanne Song McLaughlin


Joanne Song McLaughlin


Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor
Advising Hours: Friday, 9-10 am (2/1/21 through 5/7/21)

Research Interests

Labor Economics, Public Economics, Health Economics, Economics of Aging, Law and Economics, Public Policy, Applied Microeconomics

Contact Information

441 Fronczak Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260-1520

Phone: (716) 645-8685


I am a labor economist. My research focuses on studying the impact of public policies related to the labor market. My work emphasizes understanding the role of these policies during important transitions such as entrance into the labor market and retirement. My recent papers include analyses of gender inequality and intersectional discrimination encountered by older working women. Another current research investigates both intended (health insurance coverage rate) and unintended consequences (marriage rate and crime rate) of health insurance mandates on young adults. I also use empirical methods to predict the impact artificial intelligence will have on the labor force in the near future. The goal of all my research is to find empirical evidence that will help policymakers design more effective public policies.


  • PhD, Economics, University of California Irvine, 2013
  • MA, Economics, University of California Irvine, 2011
  • Non-degree JD Course, University of California Irvine School of Law, 2010
  • BS, Economics (Minor: Math), Summa Cum Laude, California State University Los Angeles, 2008

Selected Publications

  • Barkowski, Scott, Joanne Song McLaughlin. “In Sickness and In Health: Interaction Effects of State and Federal Health Insurance Coverage Mandates on Marriage of Young Adults.” January 2020. Accepted. Journal of Human Resources.
  • Barkowski, Scott, Joanne Song McLaughlin, Alex Ray*. “A Reevaluation of the Effects of State and ACA Dependent Coverage Mandates on Health Insurance Coverage.” December 2019. Accepted. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
  • McLaughlin, Joanne Song. 2019. “Age Discrimination Laws, Physical Challenges, and Work Accommodations for Older Workers.” Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, Fall Special Issue, 43(3).
  • McLaughlin, Joanne Song and David Neumark. 2018. “Barriers to Later Retirement for Men: Increases in the Full Retirement Age and the Physical Challenges of Work.” Research on Aging 40 (3): 232-256.
  • McLaughlin, Joanne Song “Limited Legal Recourse for Older Women’s Intersectional Discrimination Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.” April 2018. Accepted. The Elder Law Journal.
  • Neumark, David, Joanne Song, and Patrick Button. 2017. “Does Protecting Older Workers from Discrimination Make It Harder to Get Hired? Evidence from Disability Discrimination Laws.” Research on Aging 39 (1): 29-63.
  • McLaughlin, Joanne Song. 2017. “Does Communist Party Membership Pay? Estimating the Economic Returns to Party membership in the Labor Market in China.” Journal of Comparative Economics 45 (4): 963-983.
  • Neumark, David and Joanne Song. 2013. “Do Stronger Age Discrimination Laws Make Social Security Reforms More Effective?” Journal of Public Economics 108 (December): 1-16.