Irma Arteaga

Irma Arteaga
Working Title
Associate Professor
People Type
241 Middlebush Hall

PhD from University of Minnesota

Research Emphasis

Early Childhood Policy; Program Evaluation


Dr. Arteaga is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri; Masters in Public Policy and Ph.D. in Applied Economics, University of Minnesota. She received the Jernberg Fellowship, the Mary and Robert Litterman Fellowship and the Graduate School Fellowship to support her studies. Her research interests include family policy, and program evaluation of early childhood interventions. Dr. Arteaga has extensive experience and expertise on program evaluations including longitudinal evaluations and dosage effects of early childhood programs (e.g., Chicago Child-Parent Center, Missouri Head Start Programs, Mississippi Building Blocks). Dr. Arteaga has conducted and published research using secondary datasets and state administrative data, and has also collected her own data through surveys and test administration. Dr. Arteaga uses rigorous quantitative evaluation techniques; she teaches research methods at the doctoral-level and has developed expertise in measuring the consequences of participation in various social interventions that affect children and families with children. Her research has focused on the evaluation of social programs designed to reduce poverty, children malnutrition, and gender and ethnic gaps on food insecurity, health and achievement.  Dr. Arteaga has given advice to the governments of Guatemala and Panama on the design of health programs that aimed to reduce maternal and infant mortality for rural and indigenous population. She is currently studying the dynamic effect of food insecurity as well as the mechanisms through which early childhood interventions reduce food insecurity. She has used the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study and other datasets to evaluate the effects of NSLP, WIC and CACFP on food insecurity among households with kindergartener children, and has specifically examined how these programs affects food insecurity during children’s transition into the school system. Her work has been published in various journals including Science, Economics of Education Review, Journal of Family Issues, and Child and Youth Services Review.

Courses Taught

Early Childhood Policy

Public Policy Analysis

Economic Analysis for Public Affairs

Advanced Research Methods II (Applied Econometrics)

Selected Publications

Design Flaws: Consequences of the Coverage Gap in Food Programs on Children at Kindergarten Entry
Arteaga, Irma, Colleen Heflin, and Sarah Parsons, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy (In press)

Do community factors matter? An analysis of the achievement gap between indigenous and non-indigenous children in Peru
Arteaga, Irma, and Paul Glewwe, International Journal of Educational Development (Forthcoming, available online).

Decomposing the Household Food Insecurity Gap for Children of U.S.-born and Foreign-born Hispanics: Evidence from 1998 to 2011
Arteaga, Irma, Stephanie Potochnick, Sarah Parsons, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 19(5), 1050-58.

The Impact of Aging Out of WIC on Food Security in Households with Children
Irma Arteaga, Colleen Heflin and Sarah Gable, Children and Youth Services Review, 69: 82-96, 2016.