Pinka Chatterji

Associate Professor
Organization
Department of Economics, University at Albany-SUNY

Pinka Chatterji, MA, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University at Albany and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is a health economist and public health researcher with interests in maternal and child health, health disparities, and behavioral health.

Her work focuses on estimating the effects of public policies on health and labor market outcomes. She has used secondary data sets and innovative econometric methods to estimate effects of maternity leave policies on maternal health, with a focus on racial/ethnic, education-related, and income-related inequality in health. Dr. Chatterji received a MA in Economics from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Health Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Projects

Starting January 1, 2018, New York State’s Paid Family Leave Act—a new state law mandating that employers provide paid family leave benefits through an employee-paid insurance policy—will be effective. This study will evaluate the impact of this law, focusing on three questions: