David Ribar is a Professor in the Department of Economics and Faculty Director of the Child & Family Policy Lab in the Georgia Policy Labs in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University.
Until 2019, he has been a Professorial Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research and directed the Institute's Economic and Social Disadvantage Research Program. He was also a chief investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course. Prior to the Melbourne Institute, David served as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The George Washington University, and the Pennsylvania State University.
He serves as a deputy editor of the Demography, an associate editor at the Journal of Population Economics, the Review of Economics of the Household and the Southern Economic Journal and on the editorial board of the Social Service Review.
David has conducted research on household formation, young people's transitions to adulthood, financial well-being, homelessness, child care, teenage fertility, the economic motivations behind public and private transfers, welfare reform, the administrative burdens of assistance programs, people’s time use, food insecurity, and other topics.