Susan McElroy

Associate Professor of Economics
Tags: Economics

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Economics of Education
Stanford University - 1996
A.M. - Economics
Stanford University - 1992
A.M. - Latin American Studies
Stanford University - 1985
A.B. - Public and International Affairs with concentrations in economic affairs and Latin American Studies
Princeton University - 1984

Research Areas

  • Economics of Education and Education Policy
  • Determinants and Consequences of Teenage Childbearing `
  • Labor Economics; Race and Gender in the U.S. Labor Market
  • Poverty and Problems of the Low-Income Population
  • Education, Information Technology, and Inequality; the Digital Divide
  • Latin American Economic Development and Education in Latin America


Race and Gender Differences in the U.S. Labor Market: The Impact of Educational Attainment. 2005. In African Americans in the U.S. Economy, eds. john Whitehead and Cecilia Conrad. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, Inc. 2005 - Publication
Teenage Child bearing and Its Life Cycle Consequences: Exploiting a Natural Experiment. 2005. Journal of Human Resources 40 (summer): 683-715. [with V. Joseph Hotz and Seth G. Sanders]. Earlier version of paper was (NBER) Working Paper Number W7397, October 1999. 2005 - Publication
Black + Woman = Work: Gender Dimensions of the African American Economic Experience. 2004. In The African American Urban Experience: Perspective from the Colonial Period to the Present, eds. Joe W. Trotter, Earl Lewis, and Tera W. Hunter. Palgrave Macmillan. 2004 - Publication
The Precarious Poverty Situation of Black Males in the United States. In The Black Male in White America, ed. Jacob U. Gordon. New York: Nova Science Publishers. 2003. [with Leon T. Andrews, 2003 - Publication
The Black Male and the United States Economy.- 2000. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science May 2000. [with Leon T. Andrews, Jr.]. 2000 - Publication
Labor Market Discrimination by Race. In Reading in Black Political Economy, ed. John Whitehead. 1999. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/ Hunt Publishing Company. [with William A. Darity, Jr]. 1999 - Publication


Assistant Professor
Carnegie Mellon University [1993–2002]


Successful Publishing Skills for Future African American Scholars
2018–2018 Southern Conference on African American Studies, Savannah, Georgia, February 16-18, 2006.
2018–2018 Speaker on Education Panel (discussed achievement gaps in education), Inaugural Conference of the J. McDonald Williams Institute, Sponsored by the Foundation for Community Empowerment, Dallas, Texas, October 27, 2005.
Employing the BLS Jobs Report to Create Interactive Learning Activities for Economics
Between Plessy and Brown: Georgia School Finance in 1910
2018–2018 Co-author Kruti Dholakia, Ph.D. student, University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Economic Association annual meetings, Washington, D.C., November 18-20, 2005.
Decomposing Racial Gaps in Test Scores: The Role of Suspensions
2006–2006 Boston, Massachusetts, Co-authors Samuel L. Myers, Jr., University of Minnesota; Inhyuck Ha, University of West Florida; and Ronald Fernandes, DePaul University.

Additional Information

  • 2004 - present Senior Research Consultant, Optimal Solutions Group, Baltimore, Maryland (education policy research).
  • 1999 Principal Researcher, "African-American Flight from Allegheny County," Commissioned by The Pittsburgh Foundation. Co-authors Leon T. Andrews, Jr., M.S., Carnegie Mellon University, and Sheila Washington, President, Washington Consulting Group.
  • 1995 - 1997 Principal Researcher, Study on the Economic Status of Women in the Pittsburgh Region; Commissioned by the Greater Pittsburgh Commission for Women.
  • 1994 - 1997 Scholar, "Kids Having Kids," national study on the economic and social consequences of teenage pregnancy and childbearing and the costs to the federal government, sponsored by the Robin Hood Foundation and commissioned by the Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; attended press conferences in Washington, DC
  • with President Bill Clinton, Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, and Senator Ted Kennedy.
  • 1991 - 1993 Visiting Scholar, Economics Department, University of California, San Diego.
  • 1987 - 1991 Research Assistant, Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), Stanford University School of Education; Conducted study of decentralization of Santa Clara Unified School District. Summer 1989 Researcher, RAND Corporation, Washington, DC; Collected and analyzed data on number of emergency room cases in the U.S. involving cocaine and heroin abuse and on educational and employment status of young black males in Washington, DC.; Analyzed annual statistics on college enrollment of students by race in the U.S.
  • Summer 1988 Researcher, RAND Corporation, Washington, DC; Analyzed statistics on career choices of students of color, emphasizing the number of students entering the elementary and secondary teaching profession; Collected and analyzed data on match between education and training of the labor force in the Monongahela Valley Region of Pennsylvania.
  • August 6, 2004 Black Entertainment Television Nightly News, Interview concerning African Americans, educational attainment, and the U.S. labor market, with Denise Douglas, Associate Producer, Washington Bureau.
  • January 11, 2001 News Hour with Jim Lehrer, dialogue with professional economists taped at the annual meetings of the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) meetings in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • January 14, 2001 "Odyssey Weekly" documentary program on teenagers, Odyssey Channel; interviewed in capacity as an expert on teenage pregnancy and commented on the purported epidemic of teenage pregnancy and the changing circumstances of teenage childbirth, namely that most teen births now occur out of wedlock.
  • March 1999 "Who are the Working Poor in Allegheny County?" League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Common Ground Conference on Welfare Reform, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, March 17, 1999, broadcast on Pennsylvania Cable Network  

News Articles

Associate Professor Honored by Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater Dallas and Vicinity (IMA) honored Dr. Susan Williams McElroy, associate professor of economics, for her contributions as the organization’s volunteer economist-in-residence.

The IMA presented its 2017 President’s Award to McElroy at its recent 52nd Annual Human Relations Awards Banquet. McElroy has advised IMA leadership on its economic agenda and serves as chair of the organization’s Economic Advisory Committee. In addition, she leads an effort to develop a capitol-building


Urban Poverty, Employment Opportunities, and Family Formation among African Americans
$2,500 - Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE), Carnegie Mellon University [2000–2001]
Education, Information Technology, and Inequality
$10,000 - Multidisciplinary Course Development Grant, Office of the Vice Provost for Education, Carnegie Mellon University [1999–2000]
Why Do Black Kids Fail: The Effect of Poverty on Racial Gaps in Test Scores
$24,955 - American Educational Research Association [1998–2000]
Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Effect of Family Background on Educational Attainment
$7,474 - Faculty Development Fund Grant [1996–1998]