Thomas Vartanian received his BA in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his MS and PhD in economics from the University of Notre Dame. He has worked for the federal government in the Health Care Financing Administration (now The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) in the Department of Health and Human Services. His current research examines the relationship between residence in particular types of neighborhoods and such factors as welfare dependence, length of stay below the poverty level, and economic levels after leaving welfare. He is currently examining the long term consequences of receiving welfare at an early age, how childhood neighborhood/area inequality affects income as an adult, and the long-term consequences of poverty during middle age on elderly income. His work has appeared in such journals as the American Journal of Political Science, Social Service Review, Journal of Marriage and the Family, the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, and the Journal of Socio-Economics. He teaches data analysis and perspectives on inequality in the U.S.
Research and Scholarly Interests: Neighborhoods, welfare and employment; poverty among the elderly, children and single mothers.
Substantive Specialization: Urban economics, labor economics, economics of welfare, and statistics.