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M. Melinda Pitts

Director, Center for Human Capital Studies

Research Department
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
1000 Peachtree Street N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30309-4470
404-498-7009
melinda.pitts@atl.frb.org

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  • Biography

    M. Melinda Pitts is the director of the Center for Human Capital Studies in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Her major fields of study are health and labor economics. She also contributes to the Atlanta Fed's macroblog, which provides commentary on economic topics, including monetary policy, macroeconomic developments, and the Southeast economy.

    Prior to joining the Bank in 2002, Dr. Pitts was an assistant professor of economics at Georgia State University, in Atlanta. She also worked as an assistant professor of economics at Salisbury State University in Salisbury, Maryland.

    Dr. Pitts has published in several journals, including Industrial Relations, the American Economic Review, Archives of Internal Medicine, and Research in Labor Economics.

    She is a member of the American Economic Association, International Health Economics Association, American Society of Health Economists, and the Society of Labor Economics.

    Dr. Pitts received her doctorate in economics in 1997 and her master's degree in economics in 1993, both from North Carolina State University. She received her bachelor of arts in economics in 1987 from Clemson University.

  • Research

    Federal Reserve System Publications

    "Smoking: Taxing Health and Social Security." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Economic Review 92 (Third Quarter 2007): 27–41 (with Brian S. Armour).

    "It's Who You Are and What You Do: Explaining the IT Industry Wage Premium." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Economic Review 90 (Third Quarter 2005): 37–45 (with Jason DeBacker, Julie Hotchkiss, and John Robertson).

    Working Papers

    2014-23
    Impact of First-Birth Career Interruption on Earnings: Evidence from Administrative Data
    Julie. L Hotchkiss, M. Melinda Pitts, and Mary Beth Walker
    November 2014
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (717 KB)

    2014-22
    The Gap between the Conditional Wage Distributions of Incumbents and the Newly Hired Employees: Decomposition and Uniform Ordering
    Esfandiar Maasoumi, M. Melinda Pitts, and Ke Wu
    November 2014
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (453 KB)

    2014-20
    Do Minimum Wages Really Increase Youth Drinking and Drunk Driving?
    Joseph J. Sabia, M. Melinda Pitts, and Laura Argys
    November 2014
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (888 KB)

    2012-10
    A Closer Look at Nonparticipants During and After the Great Recession
    Hotchkiss, Julie L., M. Melinda Pitts, and Fernando Rios-Avila
    August 2012
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (2.19 MB)

    2011-2
    To Work or Not to Work: The Economics of a Mother's Dilemma
    Hotchkiss, Julie L., M. Melinda Pitts, and Mary Beth Walker.
    March 2011.
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (189 KB)

    2011-1
    A Decomposition of the Black-White Differential in Birth Outcomes
    Pitts, Melinda M., Mary Beth Walker, and Brian S. Armour.
    March 2011.
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (163 KB)

    2010-2
    Assessing the Impact of Education and Marriage on Labor Market Exit Decisions of Women
    Hotchkiss, Julie L., M. Melinda Pitts, and Mary Beth Walker.
    February 2010.
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (176 KB)

    2008-8
    Working with Children? The Probability of Mothers Exiting the Workforce at Time of Birth
    Hotchkiss, Julie L., M. Melinda Pitts, and Mary Beth Walker.
    February 2008.
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (224 KB)

    2007-19
    Cigarette Smoking and Food Insecurity among Low-Income Families in the United States, 2001
    Brian S. Armour, M. Melinda Pitts, and Chung-won Lee
    August 2007
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (216 KB)

    2007-18
    Does Disability Explain State-Level Differences in the Quality of Medicare Beneficiary Hospital Inpatient Care?
    Brian S. Armour and M. Melinda Pitts.
    August 2007
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (251 KB)

    2007-16
    Evidence of Demand Factors in the Determination of the Labor Market Intermittency Penalty
    Julie L. Hotchkiss and M. Melinda Pitts.
    July 2007
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (244 KB)

    2007-1
    The Role of Labor Market Intermittency in Explaining Gender Wage Differentials
    Julie L. Hotchkiss and M. Melinda Pitts.
    February 2007
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (462 KB)

    2006-12
    Smoking: Taxing Health and Social Security
    Brian S. Armour and M. Melinda Pitts
    September 2006
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (231 KB)

    2006-1
    The Push-Pull Effects of the Information Technology Boom and Bust: Insight from Matched Employer-Employee Data
    Julie L. Hotchkiss, M. Melinda Pitts, and John C. Robertson
    February 2006
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (245 KB)

    2005-22
    Freshman Learning Communities, College Performance, and Retention
    Julie L. Hotchkiss, Robert E. Moore, and M. Melinda Pitts
    September 2005
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (323 KB)

    2005-11
    Earnings on the Information Technology Rollercoaster: Insight from Matched Employer-Employee Data
    Julie L. Hotchkiss, M. Melinda Pitts, and John C. Robertson
    June 2005
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (255 KB)

    2004-19
    Wage Gains among Job Changers across the Business Cycle: Insight from State Administrative Data
    Julie L. Hotchkiss, M. Melinda Pitts, and John C. Robertson
    August 2004
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (1.1 MB)

    2002-30
    Why Choose Women's Work If It Pays Less? A Structural Model of Occupational Choice
    M. Melinda Pitts
    December 2002
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (274 KB)

    2002-29
    Incorporating Insurance Rate Estimates and Differential Mortality into Net Marginal Social Security Tax Rate Calculations
    Brian S. Armour and M. Melinda Pitts
    December 2002
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (263 KB)