Karen Smith Conway

Karen Conway

Phone: (603) 862-3386
Office: Economics, Paul College Rm 370G, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Dr. Conway is an applied microeconomist whose interests span labor, public and health economics. Her research centers on how government policies affect household decisions such as where to live, how to spend their time including work decisions, or how much to invest in their health or that of their children. A specific focus is examining the evolution and implications of state-level estate taxes and income tax breaks for the elderly, and the role these policies play in elderly interstate migration and other outcomes. Her work has been funded by NIH and has appeared in outlets such as Demography, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources and the National Tax Journal. Karen’s teaching interests are in applied econometrics and public economics, and she teaches capstone courses at the undergraduate and master’s levels as well as intermediate level and principles of microeconomics.

Courses Taught

  • ECON 402: Hon/Principles of Econ Micro
  • ECON 620: Top/Public Economics
  • INCO 590: Student Research Experience


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Economics, Eastern Illinois University

Research Interests

  • Health Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Public Economics

Selected Publications

  • Conway, K. S., & Menclova, A. K. (2023). You'll never walk alone - The effects of walkability on pregnancy behaviors and outcomes.. Econ Hum Biol, 50, 101269. doi:10.1016/j.ehb.2023.101269

  • Kurtz, M., Conway, K., & Mohr, R. (n.d.). The Academic Effects of United States Child Food Assistance Programs—At Home, School and In- Between. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics & Finance. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190625979.013.865

  • Kurtz, M. D., Conway, K. S., & Mohr, R. D. (n.d.). The Academic Effects of United States Child Food Assistance Programs—At Home, School, and In-Between. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190625979.013.865

  • Brewer, B., Conway, K. S., Ozabaci, D., & Woodward, R. S. (2022). US Health care Expenditures, GDP and Health Policy Reforms: Evidence from End-of-Sample Structural Break Tests. EASTERN ECONOMIC JOURNAL, 48(4), 451-487. doi:10.1057/s41302-022-00218-x

  • Conway, K. S., & Rork, J. C. (2022). On Measuring U.S Interstate Migration with Moving Van Data. POPULATION RESEARCH AND POLICY REVIEW, 41(4), 1431-1449. doi:10.1007/s11113-022-09713-7

  • Houtenville, A. J., & Conway, K. S. (2008). Parental effort, school resources, and student achievement. JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCES, 43(2), 437-453. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

  • Conway, K. S., & Kutinova, A. (2006). Maternal health: does prenatal care make a difference?. HEALTH ECONOMICS, 15(5), 461-488. doi:10.1002/hec.1097

  • Conway, K. S., & Deb, P. (2005). Is prenatal care really ineffective? Or, is the 'devil' in the distribution?. JOURNAL OF HEALTH ECONOMICS, 24(3), 489-513. doi:10.1016/j.jhealeco.2004.09.012

  • Conway, K. S., & Houtenville, A. J. (2003). Out with the old, in with the old: A closer look at younger versus older elderly migration. SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, 84(2), 309-328. doi:10.1111/1540-6237.8402006

  • Conway, K. S., & Houtenville, A. J. (2001). Elderly migration and state fiscal policy: Evidence from the 1990 census migration flaws. NATIONAL TAX JOURNAL, 54(1), 103-123. doi:10.17310/ntj.2001.1.05

  • Most Cited Publications