Family and Consumer Studies
Cathleen Zick is a Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies, the Director of the University of Utah's new Masters in Public Policy, and an IPIA Investigator. Her research focuses on family and consumer policy issues. Currently, Professor Zick is working on two research projects. She and colleague, W. Keith Bryant at Cornell University, are using the new American Time Use Survey to estimate the economic value of housework and assess its implications for the distribution of full income in the United States. In the second project, conducted with several colleagues at the University of Utah, she is examining the consumer and community correlates of energy balance among young adults. In this latter study, careful attention is being given to the roles that community design and residential proximity to commercial establishments play in energy balance. Areas of past research include (1) assessing the impact of genetic testing on the potential for adverse selection in insurance markets, (2) examining how the death of a spouse and sources of income (e.g., Social Security, private retirement benefits) affect the surviving spouse's economic well-being, and (3) determining the impact of deregulation on consumer welfare in the airlines and telecommunications markets.
Professor Zick's work has been published in such journals as, Health Affairs, Demography, The Journal of Consumer Affairs, The Journal of Consumer Policy, Journal of Marriage and Family, The Review of the Economics of the Household, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Social Science Research, and The Journal of Family and Economic Issues. She serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Family and Economic Issues, The Review of the Economics of the Household, Journal of Marriage and Family, and The Family and Consumer Science Research Journal. In 1995, she served as the Lowell Bennion Public Service Professor. She served on the Board of Directors for the American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI) in 1990-92 and again in 2000-2002. Currently, she is the ACCI president-elect. In 2003, she was the recipient of the College of Social and Behavioral Science Superior Research Award. She is the co-author (with W. Keith Bryant) of The Economic Organization of the Household, second edition (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and the co-editor (with Ken R. Smith) of Utah at the Beginning of the New Millennium: A Demographic Perspective (University of Utah Press, 2006).