Dora L. Costa

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Dora L. Costa (born 1964) is an American economist. After teaching at MIT from 1993 to 2007, Costa is now a Professor of Economics at UCLA. Costa is noted for her studies of social class and health inequality and for her work on social capital.[1]

In 1986, Costa earned her B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1993, she earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. She is a married to her collaborator Matthew E. Kahn, a professor of economics at UCLA.


  • The Evolution of Retirement: An American Economic History 1880–1990, 1998. University of Chicago Press
  • Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War with Matthew E. Kahn, Princeton University Press, 2008


  1. ^ Koretz, Gene (July 23, 2001). "Economic Trends". Business Week.