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Phillip B. Levine
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Phillip B. Levine is Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics at Wellesley College.

Levine's research has examined such issues as the impact of abortion policy changes on pregnancy, abortion, and birth; the impact of the business cycle on retirement behavior; and the ability of alternative public policies to raise the adult incomes of children who grow up in poverty. Along with many publications in academic journals and edited volumes, Levine is 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 are Layoffs Affect Older Workers.

Levine emphasizes statistical and econometric methods in his work and brings these interests to the classroom. He is a core member of the group of Wellesley 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.

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Is MTV's 16 and Pregnant "A Great Form of Birth Control"?

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 10:57 AM

teen pregnancy infographic

Media images of violence and sex are often blamed for negative social attitudes and behaviors, but pinning down its actual impact is notoriously difficult. Do these images in TV and movies actually foster and encourage antisocial behavior or merely reflect what is...

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Social Security and Medicare Are Good Medicine

(8) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 11:34 AM

With the renewed policy interest in Medicare this election season, a looming fiscal crisis, and the economy still struggling to emerge from the worst recession in 80 years, it is a good time to take a step back and assess the importance of both Medicare and Social Security in protecting...

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Income Inequality, Economic Despair, and Teen Childbearing

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 3:23 PM

Teens in the United States are considerably more likely to give birth than their counterparts in other developed countries. Despite a decline of almost 50 percent over the past two decades, rates of teen childbearing in the United States are twice as high as in Canada...

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