Warlick's scholarly interests are in the area of poverty policy and the
effect of income taxes and transfers on the low income families and the
elderly. From 1976-1979 she served as an economist in the Office of Income
Security Policy, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare where
she participated in the formulation and evaluation of policy regarding social
insurance and income maintenance for the aged and disabled. From 1979-1982
she was a Research Associate at the Institute for Research on Poverty at
the University of Wisconsin. She joined the Department of Economics at Notre
Dame in 1982. From 1989-1997 she served as Associate Dean in the College
of Arts and Letters and Director of the Institute for Scholarship in the
Warlick has published in both national and foreign journals and in numerous books regarding income maintenance policy and aging. Her current research focuses on the measurement of poverty and the labor market effects of high school graduation qualification exams. She teaches courses in the economics of poverty, industrial organization, and public sector economics.
Warlick is a long-term member of the board of directors of the Early Childhood Development Center providing childcare services to the Notre Dame and Saint Mary's communities and also volunteers her time to time to social service organizations in St. Joseph County such as the United Way and the YWCA.