Irma Arteaga

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Working Title
Associate Professor
People Type
615 Locust Street

PhD in Applied Economics from University of Minnesota

Master in Public Policy from University of Minnesota

Research Emphasis

Early Childhood Policy; Program Evaluation; Development Economics


Dr. Arteaga is an Associate Professor at the Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri. She earned a Master in Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. Her research seeks to understand the consequences of early childhood investments over the life course. Specifically, Dr. Arteaga examines the role of contextual factors and program dosage, intensity, and components on children’s well-being. Her research agenda has three dominant themes: analysis of the short-term effects of early childhood interventions and program delivery on children’s well-being, analysis of the long-term effects of child policy on children’s well-being, and analysis of early childhood investments in the developing world.

Dr. Arteaga works with interdisciplinary teams, conducts, and publishes research using primary data, secondary datasets, and state administrative data. She uses rigorous quantitative evaluation techniques and has extensive experience and expertise on program evaluations including longitudinal evaluations and dosage effects of early childhood preschool programs (e.g., Chicago Child-Parent Center, Missouri Head Start Programs, Mississippi Building Blocks). She has also examined the effects of the Women, Infant, and Children Program and the National School Lunch program on food insecurity and child’s cognitive outcomes during children’s transition into the school system.

Irma Arteaga recently received funding from the World Bank- SIEF’s COVID-19 emergency window program to evaluate the effects of technology on early childhood stimulation in rural Guatemala using a randomized control trial. She and her team are testing the impact of  2-minutes recorded voice messages to provide information on how caregivers can interact with children and suggest child-parent play activities. More information on this project can be found here. In September 2020, she received funding from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), at the US Department of Health and Human Services to study the effects of changes in the Child Care and Development Fund on the characteristics of children enrolled in various early care and education settings and whether there is evidence of  differential impact among children from the lowest-income families or those residing in high-poverty communities and/or areas with higher percentages of Hispanic children.  She is also currently the principal investigator in two projects funded by the US Department of Agriculture where she is using state administrative data from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicaid to examine the relationship between SNAP patterns during a child’s first year of life and various infant preventative care outcomes, as well as the effects of changes in SNAP benefit size on various outcomes. For more information about these project click here and here.  Her work has been published in various journals including Science, Social Science & Medicine, Economics of Education Review, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Population Research and Policy Review, and Children and Youth Services Review, among others.


Courses Taught

Early Childhood Policy

Public Policy Analysis

Economic Analysis for Public Affairs

Advanced Research Methods II (Applied Econometrics)

Selected Publications

Arteaga, Irma, and Paul Glewwe. “Do community factors matter? An analysis of the achievement gap between indigenous and non-indigenous children in Peru.” International Journal of Educational Development 65 (2019):  80-91.

Arteaga, Irma, C. Heflin, and L. Hodges.   “SNAP Benefits and Pregnancy-Related Emergency Room Visits.” Population Research and Policy Review (2018): 1-22.

Arteaga, Irma, C. Heflin, and S. Parsons. “Design Flaws: Consequences of the Coverage Gap in Food Programs on Children at Kindergarten Entry.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy (2018): ppy009,

Arteaga, Irma, Stephanie Potochnick, and Sarah Parsons. “Decomposing the Household Food Insecurity Gap for Children of U.S.-Born and Foreign-Born Hispanics: Evidence from 1998 and 2011.” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (2017): 1-9.

Arteaga, Irma, Colleen Heflin, and Sara Gable. “The Impact of Aging out of WIC on Food Security in Households with Children.” Children and Youth Services Review 69 (2016): 82–96.

Arteaga, Irma, S. Humpage, A. Reynolds, and J. Temple. “One Year of Preschool or Two: Does It Matter for Adult Outcomes? Results from the Chicago Longitudinal Study of the Child-Parent Centers.” Economics of Education Review 40 (2014): 221–237.