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Associate Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Associate Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Associate Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Biography: 

Chris M. Herbst is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs and a faculty affiliate in the School of Social Work in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. He is also a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany, and a former visiting scholar in the School of Public Policy at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary).

Herbst’s research focuses on the evaluation of public policies within the U.S. social safety net. Specifically, he seeks to understand the ways in which redistributive tax and transfer programs affect the well-being of economically disadvantaged families. Current and previous projects have examined the impact of child care, welfare and tax policy on low-skilled women’s employment and health trajectories as well as on children’s early cognitive and behavioral development. This work draws on a diverse set of theoretical and methodological tools, including those in economics and developmental psychology.

His research has been published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Health Economics, Journal of Regional Science, Children and Youth Services Review, among other outlets. It has been supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Arizona Department of Economic Security. His research has received media attention from such outlets as the New York Times, Five Thirty Eight, NPR, Bloomberg, The Atlantic, and Education Week. 

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Public Policy, University of Maryland-College Park 2007
  • M.P.P. Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 2002
  • M.S. Social Work/Policy, Columbia University, New York 2000
  • B.A. Psychology, Fairfield University, Connecticut, 1998 
Publications: 
  • Herbst, C.M. & Tekin, E. Child Care Subsidies, Maternal Health, and Child-Parent Interactions: Evidence from Three Nationally Representative Datasets. Health Economics (2014).
  • Herbst, C.M. The Impact of Non-Parental Child Care on Child Development: Evidence from the Summer Participation "Dip". Journal of Public Economics (2013).
  • Herbst, C.M. Welfare Reform and the Subjective Well-Being of Single Mothers. Journal of Population Economics (2013).
  • Johnson, A. & Herbst, C.M. Can We Trust Parental Reports of Child Care Subsidy Receipt?. Children and Youth Services Review (2013).
  • Boyd-Swan, C. & Herbst, C.M. Pain at the Pump: Gasoline Prices and Subjective Well-Being. Journal of Urban Economics (2012).
  • Herbst, C.M. Footloose and Fancy Free? Two Decades of Single Mothers’ Subjective Well-Being. Social Service Review (2012).
  • Herbst, C.M. & Tekin. The Geographic Accessibility of Child Care Subsidies and Evidence on the Impact of Subsidy Receipt on Childhood Obesity. Journal of Urban Economics (2012).
  • Herbst, C.M. ‘Paradoxical’ Decline? Another Look at the Relative Reduction in Female Happiness. Journal of Economic Psychology (2011).
  • Herbst, C.M. The Earned Income Tax Credit and Abortion. Social Science Research (2011).
  • Herbst, C.M. The Impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit on Marriage and Divorce: Evidence from Flow Data. Population Research and Policy Review (2011).
  • Herbst, C.M. & Tekin, E. Child Care Subsidies and Childhood Obesity. Review of Economics of the Household (2011).
  • Herbst, C.M. & Tekin, E. Do Child Care Subsidies Influence Single Mothers’ Decision to Invest in Human Capital?. Economics of Education Review (2011).
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 573Applied Econometrics
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 609Adv. Quant. Methods Sem.
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 591Seminar
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 570Microecon of Public Policy II
PAF 609Adv. Quant. Methods Sem.
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 609Adv. Quant. Methods Sem.
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 570Microecon of Public Policy II
PAF 609Adv. Quant. Methods Sem.
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 504Microecon of Public Policy I
PAF 570Microecon of Public Policy II
PAF 591Seminar
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 504Microecon of Public Policy I
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 573Applied Econometrics
Presentations: 
  • Herbst, C.M. Are Parental Welfare Work Requirements Good for Disadvantaged Children? Evidence from Age-of-Youngest-Child Exemptions. University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs Colloquium (Dec 2014).
  • Herbst, C.M. Are Parental Welfare Work Requirements Good for Disadvantaged Children? Evidence from Age-of-Youngest-Child Exemptions. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Research Conference (Nov 2014).
  • Herbst, C.M. Are Parental Welfare Work Requirements Good for Disadvantaged Children? Evidence from Age-of-Youngest-Child Exemptions. Annual meeting of the Southern Economic Association (Nov 2014).
  • Herbst, C.M. Are Parental Welfare Work Requirements Good for Disadvantaged Children? Evidence from Age-of-Youngest-Child Exemptions. University of Quebec in Montreal's Workshop on Human Capital Development in Children and Youth (Oct 2014).
  • Herbst, C.M. Universal Child Care, Maternal Employment, and Children’s Long-Run Outcomes: Evidence from the U.S. Lanham Act of 1940. Annual meeting of the Southern Economic Association (Nov 2013).
  • Herbst, C.M. Universal Child Care, Maternal Employment, and Children’s Long-Run Outcomes: Evidence from the U.S. Lanham Act of 1940. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Research Conference (Nov 2013).
  • Herbst, C.M. & Lucio, J. Happy in the Hood? The Impact of Racial Segregation on Happiness. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Research Conference (Nov 2013).
  • Herbst, C.M. Universal Child Care, Maternal Employment, and Children’s Long-Run Outcomes: Evidence from the U.S. Lanham Act of 1940. University of Arizona’s Department of Sociology Colloquim (Oct 2013).
  • Herbst, C.M. Universal Child Care, Maternal Employment, and Children’s Long-Run Outcomes: Evidence from the U.S. Lanham Act of 1940. University of Bergen-University College London Workshop on Child Care and Labor Market Policy, Berg (Aug 2013).
  • Herbst, C.M. The Impact of Non-Parental Child Care on Child Development: Evidence from the Summer Participation "Dip". Annual meeting of the Population Association of America (Apr 2013).
  • Herbst, C.M. The Impact of Non-Parental Child Care on Child Development: Evidence from the Summer Participation "Dip". Annual meeting of the American Economic Association (Jan 2013).
Service: 
  • Economics Junior Faculty Search Committee, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University, Chair (2014 - Present)
  • MPA/MPP Program Committee, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University, Member (2012 - Present)
  • MPA/MPP Program Committee, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University, Director (2014 - 2015)
  • MPA/MPP Program Committee, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University, Director (2013 - 2014)
  • Arizona State University Faculty Senate, Senator (2013 - 2013)
  • Junior Faculty Search Committee, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University, Member (2012 - 2013)
  • Academic Affairs Committee, College of Public Program, Arizona State University, Member (2011 - 2012)
  • Faculty Search Committee, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University, Member (2010 - 2011)
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