Economics Department

Brendan Cushing-Daniels

Associate Professor




Campus Box 0391


339 Carlisle St.
Room 116
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


PhD University of California, Berkeley, 2001
Other University of Pittsburgh, 1992
BA University of Notre Dame, 1987

Academic Focus

Welfare Expenditures and Social Security, Applied Microeconometrics, Poverty and Inequality in the US

Prof. Cushing-Daniels' early research focused on social insurance programs - Social Security, AFDC/TANF, etc. Over the years, he has done research on widely varying topics as his interests and those of his students have changed. From studying criminal recidivism, to economic losses to homeowners near highway/railway crossings, to wage penalties in the labor market, there is no subject he is unwilling to explore.

Current projects include follow up on work from years ago on welfare migration, on intergenerational mobility with Prof. Lin, on Marsy's Law with Prof. Douds, and on the Family and Medical Leave Act with a recent graduate of Gettysburg College. Addiionally, he is working on a paper on indirect price discrimination.

Prof. Cushing-Daniels teaches all levels of microeconomics, public economics, labor economics, and a first-year seminar on poverty and inequality. He has also taught courses in the history of economic thought and macroeconomics.

In addition to his work in Economics, Prof. Cushing-Daniels is the Harold G. Evans Chair of Eisenhower Leadership Studies at the Eisenhower Institute (EI) where he oversees the EI Undergraduate Fellows Program. The theme the Fellows are exploring in the 2018-19 academic year are Common Security, Common Prosperity.

In addition to other committee and service work, Prof. Cushing-Daniels is co-chair of the Student Success Task Force and faculty advisor to the Pennsylvania Beta chapter of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.