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Kelly Musick

Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, Director of Cornell Population Center

Kelly Musick

M Van Rensselaer Hall, Room 2301G



Kelly Musick is Professor of Policy Analysis and Management and Director of the Cornell Population Center. She received her M.P.A. in economics and public policy from Princeton University in 1996 and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000. She was on the sociology faculty at the University of Southern California before moving to Cornell in 2008. Her research focuses on family change and social inequality. She has taught classes in family demography, population, social statistics, and research methods at the graduate and undergraduate levels.


  • Sociology


  • Policy Analysis and Management


  • Family Demography
  • Fertility
  • Child Well-Being
  • Social Inequality


Spring 2020


  • Musick, Kelly, Ann Meier, and Sarah Flood. 2016. "How Parents Fare: Mothers' and Fathers' Subjective Well-Being in Time with Children." American Sociological Review 81(5):1069-95. [published paper] [syntax files posted here]
  • Meier, Ann, Kelly Musick, Sarah Flood, and Rachel Dunifon. 2016. “Mothering Experiences: How Single-Parenthood and Employment Structure the Emotional Valence of Parenting.” Demography 53(3):649-74. [published paper]
  • Musick, Kelly and Katherine Michelmore. 2015. “Change in the Stability of Marital and Cohabiting Unions Following the Birth of a Child.” Demography 52(5):1463-85. [published paper] [working paper]
  • Raymo, James, Kelly Musick, and Miho Iwasawa. 2015. “Gender Equity, Opportunity Costs of Parenthood, and Educational Differences in Unintended First Births: Insights from Japan.” Population Research and Policy Review34:179-199. [published paper] [working paper]
  • Meier, Ann and Kelly Musick. 2014. “Variation in Associations Between Family Dinners and Adolescent Well-Being.”Journal of Marriage and Family. 76(1):13–23. [published paper] [working paper]
  • Michelmore, Katherine and Kelly Musick. 2013. “Fertility Patterns of College Graduates by Field of Study, U.S. Women Born 1960–79.” Population Studies. [published paper] [working paper]
  • Musick, Kelly and Ann Meier. 2012. “Assessing Causality and Persistence in Associations Between Family Dinners and Adolescent Well-Being.” Journal of Marriage and Family. 74(3):476-93. [published paper] [working paper]
  • Musick, Kelly, Jennie Brand, and Dwight Davis. 2012. “Variation in the Relationship Between Education and Marriage: Marriage Market Mismatch?” Journal of Marriage and Family 74(1):53-69. [published paper] [working paper]
  • Musick, Kelly and Larry Bumpass. 2012. “Re-Examining the Case for Marriage: Union Formation and Changes in Well-Being.” Journal of Marriage and Family 74(1):1-18. [published paper] [working paper]
  • Musick, Kelly and Ann Meier. 2010. "Are Both Parents Always Better Than One? Parental Conflict and Young Adult Well-Being." Social Science Research 39:814-30. [published paper] [working paper]
  • Musick, Kelly, Paula England, Sarah Edgington, and Nicole Kangas. 2009. "Education Differences in Intended and Unintended Fertility." Social Forces 88(2):543-72. [paper]
  • Musick, Kelly, Judith A. Seltzer, and Christine R. Schwartz. 2008. “Neighborhood Norms and Substance Use Among Teens.” Social Science Research 37(1):138-55. [paper]
  • Wu, Lawrence L. and Kelly Musick. 2008. “Stability of Marital and Cohabiting Unions Following a First Birth.” Population Research and Policy Review 27(6):713-27. [paper]
  • Musick, Kelly. 2007. “Cohabitation, Nonmarital Childbearing, and the Marriage Process.” Demographic Research16(9):249-86. [paper]
  • Musick, Kelly and Robert D. Mare. 2006. “Recent Trends in the Inheritance of Poverty and Family Structure.” Social Science Research 35(2):471-99. [paper]
  • Musick, Kelly and Robert D. Mare. 2004. “Family Structure, Intergenerational Mobility, and the Reproduction of Poverty: Evidence for Increasing Polarization?” Demography 41(4):629-48. [paper]
  • Musick, Kelly. 2002. “Planned and Unplanned Childbearing Among Unmarried Women.” Journal of Marriage and Family 64(4):915-29. [paper]