February 25, 2021

Dr. Catherine Pakaluk, Director of Social Research and Assistant Professor, wrote an article for American Compass. Writers and analysts were asked to contribute their proposals to family-focused lens to contemporary policy challenges and Dr. Pakaluk wrote about "Creating Flexible, Family-Friendly Schools."

"We can and should reform our education system to better support working families. Every education dollar we allocate on behalf of every working parent should be at her own disposal to make a better life for her children, drawing on the social trust she has accrued through her hard work."

Read the full article here.

catherine-pakaluk-250x324.jpgDr. Catherine Ruth Pakaluk is Director of Social Research and Assistant Professor at the Busch school. Formerly, she was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Economics Department at Ave Maria University. Her primary areas of research include economics of education and religion, family studies and demography, Catholic social thought and political economy. Dr. Pakaluk is the 2015 recipient of the Acton Institute’s Novak Award, a prize given for “significant contributions to the study of the relationship between religion and economic liberty.”

Pakaluk did her doctoral work at Harvard University under Caroline Hoxby, David Cutler, and 2016 Nobel-laureate Oliver Hart. Her dissertation, “Essays in Applied Microeconomics”, examined the relationship between religious ‘fit' and educational outcomes, the role of parental effort in observed peer effects and school quality, and theoretical aspects of the contraceptive revolution as regards twentieth century demographic trends.