Saul Hoffman, Ph.D.
Saul Hoffman, Ph.D. • Visiting Professor

Office Location: Lawrence Street Center 470

Areas of Expertise:
Labor Economics​​​​​​​​​, Economic Demograpy/Economics of the Family, Welfare and Poverty

Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan, 1977
M.A., Economics, University of Michigan, 1975
M.U.P., University of Michigan, 1973
B.A., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1971

Saul Hoffman is Visiting Professor of Economics. He previously taught for 39 years at the University of Delaware, where he served as Department Chair from 2001-2012. He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1977.

His research is primarily in labor economics and economic demography. With co-author Susan Averett, he is the author of Women and the Economy: Family, Work, and Pay, a textbook for undergraduate courses on Women and the Economy or Economics of the Family; the 3rd edition was published by Palgrave MacMillan in December, 2015. With former colleague Laurence Seidman, he is the author of Helping Working Families: The Earned Income Tax Credit and The Earned Income Tax Credit: Anti-Poverty Effectiveness and Labor Market Impacts, both published by the Upjohn Institute Press. He is also the author of By the Numbers: The Public Costs of Teen Childbearing, published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy in 2006, and co-editor with Rebecca Maynard of Kids Having Kids, Revised Edition, published by the Urban Institute in 2008. With co-editors Susan Averett and Laura Argys of the University of Colorado Denver, he is co-editing the forthcoming Handbook on Women and the Economy to be published by Oxford University Press. 

He has published extensively on a wide range of policy issues, including teen childbearing, the safety net, the gender earnings gap, and the minimum wage. He serves on the Research Advisory Task Force of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

Selected Publications

Handbook on Women and Economy (with Susan L. Averett and Laura M. Argys, eds.), Oxford University Press, forthcoming (2017).

"Abortion, Contraception and Non-Marital Births: Reinterpreting the Akerlof-Yellen-Katz Model of Pre-Marital Sex and Shot-Gun Marriage," Eastern Economic Journal, advance online publication, 12 October 2015, doi:10.1057/eej.2015.51

"Teen Childbearing and Economics: A Short History of a 25-Year Research Love Affair," Societies, Special Issue on Adolescent Pregnancy: Past, Present and Future Trends and Issues, 2015 (5), 646-663; doi:10.3390/soc5030646.

"Financial System Development and Economic Growth in Transition Economies: New Empirical Evidence from the CEE and CIS Countries," (with Laura Cojocaru, Evangelos M. Falaris, and Jeffrey B. Miller), Emerging Markets, Finance and Trade, Vol. 52, No. 1, pp. 223-236, January, 2016.

"Are the Effects of Minimum Wage Increases Always Small? A Re-Analysis of Sabia, Burkhauser, and Hansen," ILR Review, Vol. 69 (2), pp. 295-311, March, 2016.

Women and the Economy: Family, Work, and Pay, 3rd Edition, (with Susan L. Averett). Palgrave MacMillan, 2016.

"Geography and Gender: Variation in the Gender Earnings Gap Across U.S. States," Social Science Quarterly, Volume 96 (1), pp. 235-250, March, 2015.

"Employment Effects of the 2009 Minimum Wage Increase: New Evidence from State-Based Comparisons of Workers by Skill Level," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 695-721, 2014.

"Wage Inequality and the Labor Market Impact of Economic Transformation: Croatia, 1970-2008," (with Ivo Bicanic and Oriana Vukoja), Economic Systems, Vol. 36, Pages 206-217, June 2012.

"Revisiting Marshall's Law: Why Does Labor’s Share Interact with the Elasticity of Substitution to Decrease the Elasticity of Labor Demand?Journal of Economic Education, Vol. 40, No, 2, pp. 437-445, 2009.

"Married With Children: The Labor Force Participation of Women in the Late 20th and Early 21st Centuries," Monthly Labor Review, February, 2009.

"NJ and PA Once Again: What Happened to Employment When the PA-NJ Minimum Wage Differential Disappeared?" (with Diane Trace), Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 35, No 1, pp. 115-128, 2009.

Women and the Economy: Family, Work, and Pay, (with Susan L. Averett), Addison Wesley, 2nd Edition, January, 2009.

Kids Having Kids: Economic Costs and Social Consequences of Teen Pregnancy, Second Edition, (with Rebecca A. Maynard, eds.), Washington, DC: The Urban Institute Press, 2008.

"A Good Policy Goes Bad: The Strange Case of the Non-Refundable State EITC,State Tax Notes, Vol. 44, No. 8, pp. 551-558, May 21, 2007.

By the Numbers: The Public Costs of Teen Childbearing. Washington: National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, October, 2006.

Women and the Economy: Family, Work, and Pay, (with Susan L. Averett), Addison Wesley, 2005.

"Marriage Tax Relief in the Earned Income Tax Credit: EGTRRA 2001 and Beyond," Tax Notes, Aug. 30, 2004, pp. 935-941.

Helping Working Families: The Earned Income Tax Credit​ (with Laurence S. Seidman), Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI, 2003.