Gabrielle Pepin

Gabrielle Pepin is an applied microeconomist specializing in public and labor economics. Her work focuses on parental labor supply and tax and expenditure programs targeted at families with children, including child care subsidies and welfare.

In her research, Pepin studies effects of the Child and Dependent Care Credit on paid child care participation and labor market outcomes, as well as implications of its design on eligibility and child care and labor supply incentives. In other work, she examines how children generate gender gaps in labor market outcomes via occupational sorting. She also studies effects of time limits and interventions intended to increase application completion within the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Pepin won the 2022 Georgescu-Roegen Prize in Economics, awarded by the Southern Economic Association, for the best academic article published in Southern Economic Journal. The prize recognizes her for the paper “The Effects of Welfare Time Limits on Access to Financial Resources: Evidence From the 2010s.”

Pepin joined the Upjohn Institute in 2020 from Michigan State University, where she received her PhD in economics. Previously, she studied mathematical economics at the University of St. Thomas.

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Research Highlights

Upjohn Institute participates in 2024 ASSA conference in San Antonio

December 18, 2023 · Research Highlight
Upjohn staff present research each day of the conference

State Tax Strategies Can Help Reduce Care Costs 

January 4, 2023 · Research Highlight

Upjohn Institute participates in 2022 APPAM Fall Research Conference

November 14, 2022 · Research Highlight
Follow conference coverage on Twitter and Mastodon at #2022APPAM

Change could make child-care credit work for lowest-income working families

March 24, 2021 · Research Highlight
Making the credit refundable would benefit the poorest working families and narrow the gaps between white and nonwhite households