Amy Wolaver

Amy Wolaver

Professor of Economics
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About Amy Wolaver

Professor Wolaver is actively developing undergraduate research opportunities in the social sciences for students through the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy.

Educational Background

  • B.A. Political Economy, Michigan State University
  • M.S. Economics, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Ph.d. Economics, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Research Interests

  • geographic variation in healthcare utilization
  • non­environmental health impacts of Shale drilling
  • disparities in labor market effects of migration
  • effects of college binge drinking on human capital acquisition


  • ECON 101 Principles of Economics
  • FOUN Seminar, The Future is Now
  • ECON 312 Health Economics
  • ECON 202 Microeconomics

Professor Wolaver's research includes examining the effects of binge drinking on college GPA and study effort, and how different types of migration impact earnings. The main focus of her current research is on the impact of public funding of family planning services on sexual activity, contraception use, and pregnancies. Expanding coverage of these services does not change the rate of sexual activity, but does increase the consistency of contraception and decrease pregnancies.

Selected Publications


Wolaver, A. 2010. "Economics of Health Insurance," in Free, Rhona, editor 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook Sage Publications.


Knapp, T., N. White and A. Wolaver. 2013 "The Returns to Migration: The Influence Of Education and Location by Migration Type" Growth and Change, 44(4): 555-681
Wolaver, A., C. Milofsky and H. Feldhaus. 2012. "Creating the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Social Science Research Symposium, CURQ Vignettes" CUR Quarterly 32(4): 37.


Graham, J. & A. Wolaver ."Non­Environmental Health Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development," Bucknell Geisinger Research Initiative Seed Grant #1213­112, June 2013 ­June 2014.

Further Information

Contact Details


233 Academic West Building