leslie mcgranahan

Leslie McGranahan

Vice President and Director of Regional Research

Leslie McGranahan is a vice president and director of regional research in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Her primary research interests relate to the effects of federal, state, and local government policy on individuals and households. She has written about numerous government programs, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, and the sales tax. She also closely follows regional and national developments in government spending and revenues.

McGranahan’s research has been published in journals, including the National Tax Journal and Journal of Political Economy. Her work has also been featured in the Chicago Fed Letter and Economic Perspectives, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s publications.

McGranahan returned to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2004 after working as a lecturer at the University of Warwick and as research economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London, England. She received a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University and master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Northwestern University.

Economic Perspectives
Jacob Berman, Leslie McGranahan | 2014 | Vol. 38 | 3rd Quarter Download
Andrew Goodman-Bacon, Leslie McGranahan | 2008 | Vol. 32 | 2nd Quarter Download
Leslie McGranahan, Maude Toussaint-Comeau | 2006 | Vol. 30 | No. 1 Download
Leslie McGranahan | 2002 | Vol. 26 | No. 3 | October | 3rd Quarter Download
ProfitWise News and Views
Working Papers
Scott R. Baker, Lorenz Kueng, Leslie McGranahan, Brian Melzer | 2018 | No. 2018-16 Download
Leslie McGranahan | 2016 | No. 2016-12 Download
Leslie McGranahan, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach | 2013 | No. 2013-14 Download
Sumit Agarwal, Leslie McGranahan | 2012 | No. 2012-10 | October Download
Nathan Marwell, Leslie McGranahan | 2010 | No. 2010-06 | August Download
Rick Mattoon, Leslie McGranahan | 2008 | No. 2008-15 | July Download
Lisa Barrow, Leslie McGranahan | 1999 | No. 1999-24 Download
With Gene Amromin,  2015, "The Great Recession and Credit Trends across Income Groups," American Economic Review, Vol. 105, No. 5, pp. 147-53.
Chicago Fed Letter No. 342

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Chicago Fed Letter No. 255


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Other Research
With Hilary W. Hoynes and Diane W. Schanzenbach, 2014, "SNAP and Food Consumption," University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, discussion paper, No. 2014-3.
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