Director, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute
Topics of Expertise:
Childcare (Providers & Systems) / Children / Division of Labor in Families / Labor & Workforce / Marriage & Divorce / Parenthood: Motherhood/Fatherhood / Work & Family
Elizabeth Peters, Director of the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute, is a labor economist and economic demographer with over 30 years of experience in social and family policy-related research. She has published on topics related to child care choice & child care policy, work-family balance, family decision-making, family formation and dissolution, child support policy, divorce policy, welfare reform, child well-being, and father involvement. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals in economics, demography, and public policy, and she is the co-editor of the volumes Marriage and Family: Perspectives and Complexities (2009) and From Welfare to Childcare: What happens to Infants and Toddlers when Single Mothers Exchange Welfare for Work (2006). Peters is currently co-PI on a project exploring promising practices for involving fathers in home visiting programs. For over ten years Dr. Peters was a partner in the NICHD funded Family and Child Well-being Network. She directed the Network’s fatherhood efforts, and she was a member of the steering committee which guided the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics’ Nurturing Fatherhood initiative. She recently completed an NICHD Program Project Grant on the Transition to Fatherhood, a collaborative project across four research institutions analyzing the timing and circumstances of the transition to fatherhood.Before joining Urban, Dr. Peters was a professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University and the founding director of the Cornell Population Center. Peters earned her MPP and her PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.