Elizabeth Brainerd


Susan and Barton Winokur Professor of Economics and Women's and Gender Studies, Brandeis University

Center Associate

Elizabeth Brainerd is the Susan and Barton Winokur Professor of Economics and Women’s and Gender Studies at Brandeis University.  Her research focuses on labor and health economics, with particular interest in understanding the social and health consequences of the transition to capitalism in formerly socialist countries.  She received her B.A. in Economics and Russian from Bowdoin College and her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.  Prior to her appointment at Brandeis, Brainerd was a Professor of Economics at Williams College.

Health, fertility, and labor markets in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
Current Project
"Do Birth Payments Raise Fertility Rates? Evidence from Pro-Natalist Policies in Russia"
Foreign Language


, Economics
, Harvard University
Selected Publications

"Marriage and Divorce in Revolutionary Russia: A Demographic Analysis," in, Russia's Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922: The Centennial Reappraisal (Anthony Heywood and John Steinberg, general editors), forthcoming.

"Fertility Trends in the Formerly Socialist Countries of Europe," International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition (Andrew Foster, editor), forthcoming.

"The Demographic Transformation of Post-Socialist Countries: Causes, Consequences, and Questions," in Economies in Transition: The Long-Run View, edited by G_rard Roland (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 57-83).

"Reassessing the Standard of Living in the Soviet Union: An Analysis Using Archival and Anthropometric Data," The Journal of Economic History, Vol. 70, no. 1 (March 2010), 83 - 117.

"Autopsy on an Empire: Understanding Mortality in Russia and the Former Soviet Union," (with David M. Cutler, Harvard University), The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 19, no. 1 (Winter 2005), 107 - 130.