Shelly Lundberg

Shelly Lundberg
University of California, Santa Barbara
Distinguished Professor
Leonard Broom Professor of Demography
Broom Center Affiliation(s)

Area Director, Family Demography Theme

Shelly Lundberg is the Leonard Broom Professor of Demography at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Bergen, Norway. She is a Fellow and past President of the Society of Labor Economists and a Research Fellow at IZA. Lundberg’s research is focused in labor economics and the economics of the family, including issues such as discrimination, inequality, family decision-making and the intra-household allocation of resources.  Her current research examines the sources of educational inequality and of gender gaps in education. Recent projects include studies of decision-making by children, the effects of child gender on parental behavior, the location decisions of married couples, the impact of government-provided care for the elderly on the labor supply of adult children, and the economic and social returns to psychosocial traits.

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

National Institute on Aging. 2013-2018. “Add Health Parent Study: Phase I.” V. (Co-investigator), Joseph Hotz and Kathleen Mullan Harris (PIs). R01 AG042794-02. $7,000,000.



Shelly Lundberg and Alessandra Voena, eds. 2023
Handbook of the Economics of the Family: Volume 1, Elsevier, 2023: xv-xxiii.
Lundberg, Shelly. 2023. 
"Gender Economics and the Meaning of Discrimination"
Research in Labor Economics 50th Celebratory Volume, Emerald Publishing Limited, 2023, 50: 151-189
Research Themes:
Shelly Lundberg (with Richard Startz) 2022.
"The end of Roe creates new challenges in higher education"
Brown Center Chalkboard, Brookings Institution, August 9, 2022.
Research Themes:
Lundberg, Shelly. 2022. 
"Gender Economics: Dead-Ends and New Opportunities"
Research in Labor Economics, forthcoming, 2022, 50.
Research Themes:
Bedard, Kelly, Jacqueline Dodd and Shelly Lundberg. 2021  
"Can Positive Feedback Encourage Female and Minority Undergraduates into Economics? "
 American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings, May 2021, 111(5).
Lei, Ziteng and Shelly Lundberg. 2020. 
"Vulnerable Boys: Short-term and Long-term Gender Differences in the Impacts of Adolescent Disadvantage "
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. October 2020,178: 424-448. 
Research Themes:
Lundberg, Shelly. 2020. 
"Educational Gender Gaps. "
Southern Economic Journal, October 2020, 87(2): 416-439.
Lundberg, Shelly. 2020. 
"Women in the economics profession: Challenges and opportunities along the pipeline. "
Introduction to Women in Economics, CEPR Press. 
Research Themes:
Shelly Lundberg (with Jenna Stearns). 2019.
"Women in Economics: Stalled Progress"
Journal of Economic Perspectives, Winter 2019, 33(1): 3-22
Research Themes:
Lundberg, Shelly. 2018. 
"Non-Cognitive Skills as Human Capital."
Education, Skills, and Technical Change: Implications for Future U.S. GDP Growth, eds. Charles Hulten and Valerie Ramey, NBER/CRIW: University of Chicago Press.
Research Themes:
Lundberg, S (with Anne Ardila Brenøe). 2018.
"Gender Gaps in the Effects of Childhood Family Environment: Do They Persist into Adulthood?"
European Economic Review, 109: 42-62.
Research Themes:
Shelly Lundberg (with Katrine Løken and Julie Riise). 2017.
"Lifting the Burden: State Care of the Elderly and the Labor Supply of Adult Children."
Journal of Human Resources. 52(1): 247-271.
Research Themes:
Lundberg, S (with Aloysius Siow). 2017.
"Canadian Contributions to Family Economics"
Canadian Journal of Economics December 2017, 50(5): 1304-1323.
Research Themes:
Shelly Lundberg (with Robert Pollak and Jenna Stearns). 2016.
"Family Inequality: Diverging Patterns in Marriage, Cohabitation, and Childbearing."
Journal of Economic Perspectives, Spring 2016, 30(2): 79-102.
Research Themes:
Shelly Lundberg with Robert Pollak). 2015.
"The Evolving Role of Marriage: 1950-2010"
Future of Children. Fall 2015, 25(2): 29-50.
Research Themes:
Shelly Lundberg. 2015.
"Tiger Parenting and American Inequality: An Essay on Chua and Rubenfeld's The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America"
Journal of Economic Literature. December 2015: 53(4): 945-960  
Research Themes:
Lundberg, Shelly. 2015.
"Skill Disparities and Unequal Family Outcomes"
Research in Labor Economics. 41: 177-212.
Research Themes:
Shelly Lundberg. 2015.
"The Panel Study of Income Dynamics: Renew or Replace?"
Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, special issue 40(1-4): 433-436.  
Research Themes:
Lundberg, Shelly and Robert Pollak. 2014.
"The Uneven Retreat from Marriage in the U.S., 1950-2010"
in Human Capital and History: The American Record, eds. Leah P. Boustan, Carola Frydman, and Robert A. Margo.
Research Themes:
Lundberg, Shelly.
"The College Type: Personality and Educational Inequality"
Journal of Labor Economics, July 2013, 31(3): 421-442.
Lundberg, Shelly, Katrine Løken and Kjell Erik.
"Your Place or Mine? On the Location Decisions of Married Couples"
Demography, February 2013, 50(1), 285-310.
Lundberg, Shelly
"Psychology and Family Economics"
Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik 2011 12 (Special Issue): 66-81
Research Themes:
Lundberg, Shelly.
"Personality and Marital Surplus"
IZA Journal of Labor Economics, October 2012, 1:3.