Karen Smith Conway

Professor of Economics
Master in Public Policy Faculty

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.