Karen Smith Conway

Master in Public Policy Faculty
Phone: (603) 862-3386
Office: Economics, Paul College Rm 370G, Durham, NH 03824
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Karen Smith Conway is a Professor of Economics and Master in Public Policy faculty at the University of New Hampshire.  She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her undergraduate degree in economics from Eastern Illinois University, located in her hometown of Charleston, Illinois. Her research centers on how government policies affect household decisions such as where to live, how to spend their time, 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.


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

Courses Taught

  • ECON 402: Honors/Prin of Economics Micro
  • ECON 926: Econometrics I
  • ECON 979: Research Skills
  • ECON 992: Field Workshop
  • ECON 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

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

Brewer, B., Conway, K. S., & Rork, J. C. (2017). Protecting the Vulnerable or Ripe for Reform? State Income Tax Breaks for the Elderly—Then and Now. Public Finance Review, 45(4), 564-594. doi:10.1177/1091142116665903

Conway, K. S., & Rork, J. C. (2016). How Has Elderly Migration Changed in the Twenty-First Century? What the Data Can—and Cannot—Tell Us. Demography, 53(4), 1011-1025. doi:10.1007/s13524-016-0477-7

Trudeau, J., Conway, K. S., & Kutinova Menclova, A. (2016). Soaking Up the Sun: The Role of Sunshine in the Production of Infant Health. American Journal of Health Economics, 2(1), 1-40. doi:10.1162/AJHE_a_00032

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