Melanie Guldi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics

Melanie Guldi, Ph.D.


Dr. Melanie Guldi received her Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of California, Davis in 2006. Dr. Guldi worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Mount Holyoke College before joining UCF’s Economics Department in the fall of 2011. Her research focuses on economic demography and health. She has published articles and book chapters in this area, most recently in The Quarterly Journal of Economics and in The Journal of Human Resources.

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  • Americans are conceiving fewer children on really hot days
    The United States already has a worse infant mortality rate than Latvia and Israel, and according to researchers, climate change could make it even worse. Alan Barreca of Tulane University, Melanie Guldi of the University of Central Florida, and Olivier Deschenes of the University of California-Santa Barbara analyzed birth rates in the US in the…

Research and Publications

  • Is There a Case for a 'Second Demographic Transition'? Three Distinctive Features of the Post- 1960 U.S. Fertility Decline
    Chapter in forthcoming NBER book, Human Capital in History: The American Record in honor of Claudia Goldin; Leah P. Boustan, Carola Frydman, and Robert A. Margo, editors, University of Chicago Press. (with Martha J. Bailey and Brad J. Hershbein).
  • Family Background and Children’s Transitions to Adulthood: Across Cohort Differences 1970s through the 1990s
    in The Price of Independence: The Economics of Early Adulthood, edited by Sheldon Danziger and Cecilia Rouse, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2007. (with Marianne Page and Ann Stevens).
  • A Survey of the Literature on Early Legal Access to the Birth Control Pill and its Influence on Young Women’s Fertility, Education, Career and Labor Supply
    in Research Handbook in the Law and Economics of the Family, edited by Lloyd R. Cohen and Joshua D. Wright, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2011.

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