Mary C. King, Ph.D.

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Emerita Professor of Economics

Ph.D. 1991 University of California, Berkeley 
Rhodes Scholar, Industrial Relations, 1980-81, Oxford University
B.A. 1979 Stanford University 



Community Activities
Vice-President, Oregon Center for Public Policy
Co-Chair,  Oregon Chapter, Scholars Strategy Network
Columnist, Street Smart Economics, Street Roots

Research Interests

State and Local Economic Policies
Family Policy
Economic Inequality
Mexican Migration to the U.S.
Mexican Women in the U.S. Economy
The Social Aspect of Sustainability
The Dynamics of Ethnicity and Gender in the Labor Market and Economy
Student Debt Policy

Teaching Fields

Economics of Labor Markets
Labor Institutions and Policies
Graduate Course in Social Sustainability
Women in the Economy
Economics of Race and Ethnicity
History of Economic Thought
Principle of Macroeconomics
The Economic Context of Mexican Migration
American Economic History
Economics Department Seminar

Research and Publications

Oregon’s Unmet Child Care Needs.  It’s Time to Invest: Our Future Depends on It.  With Lisa Dodson.  September 2019.  Family Forward Oregon.

The Impact on Oregonians of the Rise of Irregular Scheduling.  with Ellen Scott and Raahi Reddy.  February, 2017.  University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center.

Oregon’s Care Economy: The Case for Public Investment. with Laura J. Dresser and Raahi Reddy.  January, 2017. University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center and COWS, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

“El Impacto de la Reforma de Inmigración Estadounidense a nivel Estatal en Migrantes Mexicanos Indocumentados: la Pérdida de Acceso a Licencias de Manejo en Oregon”  (The Impact of State-Level Immigration Reform on Undocumented Mexican Immigrants:  Loss of Access to Driver’s Licenses in Oregon)  with Anabel López Salinas, John G. Corbett, Rafael Reyes Morales, Alicia Silvia Gijion Cruz and Kimberly Williams. 2014. Frontera Norte  26 (52): 55-84.

Assessment of the Socio-economic Impacts of SB 1080 on Immigrant Groups:  Final Report  SR 500-270.   with John G. Corbett, John Chiappetta, Anabel López Salinas.  June 2011.  Oregon Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. Salem, Oregon. 

“Beyond Market-Fundamentalist Economics:  An Agenda for Heterodox Economics to Change the Dominant Narrative.”  with Tae-Hee Jo and Lynne Chester. 2012  On the Horizon  20 (3): 155-163.

Mexican Women and Work on Both Sides of the U.S.-Mexican Border."  2011.  The American Journal of Economics and Sociology  70 (3): 615-638

"Ni Uno ni el Otro: The Spectrum of Formality in the U.S. Work Experience of Mexican Migrants in Portland, Oregon." with Leopoldo Rodriguez and Carrie Cobb. 2010. Urban Anthropology 39 (4), 359-395.

An Evaluation of Adelante Mujeres Program:  Current Participants Interview Alumnae.  October 2010.  with Emilia Callero and Bridget Cooke. PSU Economics Department and Adelante Mujeres.  Portland, Oregon.

Una Evaluación del Programa de Adelante Mujeres:  Participantes Actuales Entrevistando Ex-Alumnas.  October 2010. with Emilia Callero and Bridget Cooke. PSU Economics Department and Adelante Mujeres.  Portland, Oregon.

"Betwixt and Between: The Spectrum of Formality Revealed in the Labor Market Experiences of Mexican Migrant Workers in the U.S." with Carrie Cobb and Leopoldo Rodriguez. 2009 The Review of Radical Political Economics, 41 (3) 365-371.

"Occupational Segregation by Race and Sex in Brazil," 1989-2001." 2009. The Review of Black Political Economy. 36(2): 113-125.

Understanding the Social Dimension of Sustainability. 2008. with Jesse Dillard and Veronica Dujon (eds.) New York: Routledge.

"What Sustainability Really Means," March/April 2008. Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs 51 (2); 27-39.

"Defining Social Sustainability: The Political Economy of Social Reproduction" 2008. in John T. Harvey and Robert F. Garnett, Jr. (eds.) Future Directions for Heterodox Economics. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

"Even Gary Becker Wouldn't Call Them Altruists! The Case of Mexican Migration. A Reply to Sana and Massey, SSQ, June 2005." 2007. Social Science Quarterly 88 (3): 898-907.

"Women's Work: Using U.S. History to Explain Mexican Women's Differential Work Strategies in Mexico and in the U.S." 2006 The Review of Radical Political Economics 38 (3): 405-412.

"'Keeping People in Their Place:' The Economics of Violence," "Globalization and African Americans: A Focus on Public Employment," and, with Cecilia A. Conrad, "Single Mother Families in the Black Community: Economic Context and Policies," 2005. John Whitehead, Cecilia Conrad, Patrick Mason and James Stewart (eds.) African Americans in the American Economy. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

" 'Race Riots' and Black Economic Progress." Review of Black Political Economy, Vol. 30 (4): 51-66, 2003.

"Strong Families or Patriarchal Economies? 'Familial' Labor Markets and Welfare States in Comparative Perspective." Luxembourg Income Study Workpaper No. 301. January 2002. Also available on Social Science Research Network website

"Strong Families or Patriarchal Economies? Southern European Labor Markets and Welfare States in Comparative Perspective." RSC No. 2002/14, Mediterranean Programme Working Paper Series, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute of Florence, Italy.

"The Complexities and Potential of Theorizing Gender, Caste, Race and Class" with Rose M. Brewer and Cecilia F. Conrad. 2002. Feminist Economics 8 (2): 3-18.

Squaring Up, Policy Strategies to Raise Women's Incomes in the United States. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2001.

"Out in Front: An Interview with Barbara Bergman." with Lisa F. Saunders, Review of Political Economy, Vol. 12, #3, 2000.

"Should Black Women and Men Live in the Same Place? An Intermetropolitan Assessment of Relative Labor Market Success." with Todd Easton, Review of Black Political Economy, Vol. 27, #3, Winter 2000.

"Differences in Wage Levels Between Metropolitan Areas: Less-Educated Workers in the United States." with Todd Easton. Regional Studies, Volume 34 #1, 2000.

"Labor Market Segmentation" with Margaret Lewis and Janice Peterson (eds.) The Elgar Companion to Feminist Economics, 1999, Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

"Keeping People in Their Place: An Exploratory Analysis of the Role of Violence in the Maintenance of "Property Rights" in Race and Gender Privileges in the U.S." Review of Radical Political Economics, Volume 31, #3, September 1999.

"Interview with Marianne Ferber: Founding Feminist Economist." with Lisa F. Saunders. Review of Political Economy, Volume 11, #1, January 1999.

"Are African-Americans Losing Their Footholds in Better Jobs?" Journal of Economic Issues, Volume 32, #3, September 1998.

"Occupational Strategies of Lesbians and Gay Men" with M.V. Lee Badgett in Amy Gluckman and Betsy Reed (eds.) Homo Economics: Capitalism, Community and Lesbian and Gay Life, Routledge: New York, 1997.

"The American Labor Movement" with Harold Vatter and John F. Walker (eds.) History of the U.S. Economy Since World War II, M.E. Sharpe: Armonk, NY, 1996.

Black Women's Labor Market Status: Occupational Segregation in the United States and Great Britain," The Review of Black Political Economy, Volume 24, #1, Summer 1995.

"Human Capital and Black Women's Occupational Mobility," Industrial Relations, Volume 34, #2, April 1995.

"An Assessment of Three (Somewhat) Competitive Explanations for Black Women's Recent Breakthrough into Clerical Work," Review of Radical Political Economics, Volume 26, #3, September 1994.

"Black Women's Breakthrough into Clerical Work: An Occupational Tipping Model," Journal of Economic Issues, Volume XXVII, #4, December 1993.

"The Evolution of Occupational Segregation by Race and Gender, 1940-1988," Monthly Labor Review, Volume 115, #4, April 1992.