Professor Mumford's teaching interests are in labor economics, public economics, and econometrics. His research has focused on taxation, fertility, labor supply, welfare program participation, and the role of human capital in measuring national wealth.
His major publications include: "Do Family Wealth Shocks Affect Fertility Choices? Evidence from the Housing Market Boom and Bust" (with Michael F. Lovenheim)
Review of Economics and Statistics (2013), "A Bayesian Analysis of Payday Loans and their Regulation" (with Minglian Li and Justin L. Tobias)
Journal of Econometrics (2012), and "Fertility and the Personal Exemption: Comment" (with Gopi Shah Goda and Richard Crump)
American Economic Review (2011). Professor Mumford has received research grants from the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He was awarded the John and Mary Willis Young
Faculty Scholar Award for research excellence in 2010. Professor Mumford serves as the faculty advisor to the undergraduate economic club and the Purdue chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society in economics.