Karen Conway

John A. Hogan Distinguished Professor of Economics
Phone: (603) 862-3386
Office: Economics, Paul College Rm 370G, Durham, NH 03824
Karen Smith Conway

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.


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

Research Interests

  • Health Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Public Economics

Courses Taught

  • ECON 402: Principles of Economics Micro
  • ECON 402H: Honors/Prin of Economics Micro
  • ECON 926: Econometrics I
  • ECON 979: Research Skills

Selected Publications

Kurtz, M. D., Conway, K. S., & Mohr, R. D. (2020). Weekend feeding (“BackPack”) programs and student outcomes. Economics of Education Review, 79, 102040. doi:10.1016/j.econedurev.2020.102040

Sen Choudhury, R., & Conway, K. S. (2020). The effect of tobacco policies on youth physical activity. Economics & Human Biology, 38, 100872. doi:10.1016/j.ehb.2020.100872

Conway, K. S., & Trudeau, J. (2019). Sunshine, fertility and racial disparities. Economics & Human Biology, 32, 18-39. doi:10.1016/j.ehb.2018.10.002

Trudeau, J., & Conway, K. S. (2018). THE EFFECTS OF YOUNG ADULT-DEPENDENT COVERAGE AND CONTRACEPTION MANDATES ON YOUNG WOMEN. Contemporary Economic Policy, 36(1), 73-92. doi:10.1111/coep.12223

Conway, K. S., & Niles, D. P. (2017). Cigarette Taxes, Smoking-and Exercise?. Health Economics, 26(8), 1019-1036. doi:10.1002/hec.3381

Houtenville, A. J., & Conway, K. S. (2008). Parental effort, school resources, and student achievement. JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCES, 43(2), 437-453. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.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 Flows. National Tax Journal, 54(1), 103-124. doi:10.17310/ntj.2001.1.05

Most Cited Publications