Evelyn L. Lehrer

Research Fellow

University of Illinois at Chicago

Evelyn Lehrer, a native of Chile, obtained her PhD in Economics from Northwestern University in 1978. She is currently Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Economics Department at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Her main fields of research are economic demography and labor economics. She has done work on women’s labor supply behavior, fertility, child-care arrangements, union formation and dissolution, the distribution of family income, and more recently, on issues related to domestic violence. She has also done extensive work on the economics of religion. Using survey data from the United States, she has examined the role of religion in several dimensions of economic and demographic behavior, including education, wages, family size, women’s employment, entry into marriage and cohabitation, and divorce.

Her research has been published in various journals. These include Demography, Journal of Human Resources, Review of Economic Statistics, Journal of Population Economics, Economic Inquiry, Applied Economics, Population and Development Review, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Social Science Research.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in June 2004.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10629
Evelyn L. Lehrer, Yeon Jeong Son

The age at which women enter first marriage is known to be a major factor in marital instability. But to date possible differences by race/ ethnicity have not been examined. We use data from the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth to examine differences by race/ethnicity in the shape of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10503
Evelyn L. Lehrer, Yeon Jeong Son
forthcoming in: Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Women

This paper surveys some of the main strands in the recent literature on the economics of divorce, with a focus on U.S. studies. We begin with a discussion of changes over time in the divorce rate and the widening gap in marital instability by socioeconomic status. We review the role...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7254
Evelyn L. Lehrer, Yu Chen
published in Keister, L. and Sherkat, D. (eds.): Religion and Inequality in America - Research and Theory on Religion's Role in Stratification. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Using data from the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth, conducted in the United States, we study the role of religious affiliation and participation in the labor supply behavior of non-Hispanic married women with young children. We estimate ordered probit models with a trichotomous dependent variable indicating full-time employment, part-time...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6729
Evelyn L. Lehrer, Yu Chen
published in: Demographic Research, 2013, 29 (20), 521-542

In their pioneering research, Becker, Landes and Michael (1977) found that beyond age 30 there is a positive relationship between women's age at first marriage and marital instability. They interpreted this finding as a "poor-match" effect emerging as the biological clock begins to tick. In analyses of the 2006-2010 National...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5954
Evelyn L. Lehrer, Yu Chen

One of the most salient demographic trends in the U.S. landscape in recent decades has been the pronounced increase in age at first marriage. This paper examines the implications of women's delayed entry to marriage for marital stability using data from the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth. The main...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4279
published in: Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2010

This paper critically reviews what is known, based on analyses of micro-level U.S. data, about the role of religion in various interrelated decisions that people make over the life cycle, including investments in secular human capital, cohabitation, marriage, divorce, family size and employment. It also identifies gaps in our knowledge,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4067
Evelyn L. Lehrer, Vivian L. Lehrer, Ramona Krauss
published in: Social Science Research, 2009, 38(3), 635-643

The Catholic Church has had a strong influence on the Chilean legal and social landscape in ways that have adversely affected victims of intimate partner violence; e.g., it succeeded until just five years ago in blocking efforts to legalize divorce. At the same time, quantitative studies based on survey data...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3541
published in: Evelyn Lehrer: Religion, Economics, and Demography, London: Routledge, 2009

This paper presents a critical review and synthesis of recent research on the role of religion in economic and demographic behavior in the United States. Relationships reviewed include the effects of religion on investments in human capital, labor supply and wealth accumulation; union formation and dissolution; and fertility. The paper...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3133
Jocelyn A. Lehrer, Vivian L. Lehrer, Evelyn L. Lehrer, Pamela Oyarzun
published in: International Family Planning Perspectives, 2007, 33(4), 168-175

Young women's experiences of sexual victimization can have far-reaching consequences, including unwanted pregnancy and increased risk of psychological, sexual, and reproductive health difficulties; these experiences can also limit young women's ability to achieve their educational potential. To date, no quantitative studies have examined sexual violence among college students in Chile....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2753
Jocelyn A. Lehrer, Vivian L. Lehrer, Evelyn L. Lehrer, Zhenxiang Zhao
published in: Journal of Women's Health, 2010, 19(5), 893-902

Dating violence is a serious public health concern both per se and because victimization in the young adult years can be a precursor to more severe incidents of domestic violence later, in the context of cohabitation or marriage. To date, no quantitative studies have examined dating violence among college students...