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Advisory Board

D. Mark Anderson

D. Mark Anderson
Montana State University, IZA & NBER

D. Mark Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics & Economics at Montana State University. He received his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Washington in 2011. Dr. Anderson is an applied microeconomist with research interests in education, health, crime, and risky behavior. His research has appeared in journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Health Economics, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Currently, Dr. Anderson is studying the effects of occupational licensing on consumer welfare, technological innovation and health at the turn of the 20th century, and the relationship between alcohol access laws and crime.

 

W. David Bradford

W. David Bradford
University of Georgia

W. David Bradford, Ph.D. is the Busbee Chair in Public Policy in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia. A significant component of Dr. Bradford’s current research involves the origins of time and risk preferences, and their effects on health care related decisions; he also explores other aspects of behavioral economics, including integrating the adaptation into neoclassical models of consumer choice. Dr. Bradford has numerous publications (both in peer-reviewed outlets and in book chapters) and professional presentations and is co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Health Economics Letters. He is on the editorial board for the journal Health Economics, serves on the editorial board of the newsletter of the American Society of Health Economists.  He is a Board Member for the International Health Economics Association, and is on the oversight boards for both the American Health Economics Conference and the Southeastern Health Economics Study Group. Dr. Bradford has significant experience with funded research, serving or having served as Principal Investigator on 19 extramurally funded research projects, and has been a permanent member of the Health Services Organization and Delivery study section for the National Institutes of Health.

 

Richard Burkhauser

Richard Burkhauser
Cornell University & NBER

In 2017 Richard V. Burkhauser became Emeritus Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. Between September 2017 and May 2019 he was a Member of President Trump's Council of Economic Advisers. His professional career has focused on how public policies affect the employment and well-being of vulnerable populations. He has published widely in journals of demography, economics, gerontology as well as public policy. He is currently an AEI Visiting Scholar, IZA Research Fellow and NBER Research Associate.

 

Kitt Carpenter

Christopher (Kitt) Carpenter
Vanderbilt University & NBER

Kitt Carpenter is a health economist who studies the effects of public policy interventions on health behaviors, particularly in the areas of substance use and cancer screenings.  He is also an expert on LGBT economic demography.  His current research examines the effects of minimum legal drinking ages in the United States and other countries as well as the effects of federal funding for cancer screenings for low-income populations.  His research has been continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Cancer Society.  Professor Carpenter is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and serves as Associate Editor or Editorial Board member at several journals, including Journal of Health Economics, American Journal of Health Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.  He holds courtesy appointments in Medicine, Health, & Society and the Department of Health Policy.

 

John Cawley

John Cawley
Cornell University, IZA & NBER 

John Cawley is a Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, and the Department of Economics, at Cornell University. He is co-Director of Cornell's Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities.  His research focuses on the economics of risky health behaviors; in particular, those that relate to obesity. In addition to his affiliation with Cornell, John is a Visiting Professor at the School of Economics of the University of Sydney, Australia, an Honorary Professor at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee "Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth" and has served on advisory boards and expert panels for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government agencies. John serves as an Editor of the Journal of Health Economics, an Associate Editor of Health Economics, and is on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Health Economics and Economics & Human Biology.

 

Charles Courtemanche

Charles Courtemanche
University of Kentucky, IZA & NBER

Charles Courtemanche is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He is a health economist and applied microeconomist with particular research interests in the economics of obesity, public policies to expand insurance coverage, and big box retailers. His research has been published in a variety of journals including the Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Economic History, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture, and Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Courtemanche has previously been a faculty member at the University of Louisville and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is also a Research Associate in the Health Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Affiliate with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

 

Dhaval M. Dave

Dhaval M. Dave
Bentley University & NBER

Dhaval Dave is Stanton Research Professor in the Department of Economics at Bentley University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was also a John M. Olin Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, after completing his Ph.D. in Economics from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Dave's research focuses on the analysis of public policy and on the economics of health outcomes and behaviors, health insurance, and human capital. His current work includes studies on pharmaceutical promotion, welfare reform in the U.S., tobacco control policy, juvenile justice, and the economics of obesity and mental health.

 

Jason Fletcher

Jason Fletcher
University of Wisconsin-Madison, IZA & NBER 

Jason Fletcher is a Professor of Public Affairs with appointments in Sociology, Applied Economics and Population Health Sciences. A specialist in health economics, economics of education and child and adolescent health policy, Professor Fletcher focuses his research on examining social network effects on adolescent education and health outcomes, combining genetics and social science research, estimating long-term consequences of childhood mental illness, and child and adolescent mental health policy. He is an affiliate of the Center for Demography and Ecology, Institute for Research on Poverty, and Center for Demography on Health and Aging at the University and a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Group at the University of Chicago. He earned a B.S. in economics and public administration from the University of Tennessee–Knoxville (Summa Cum Laude) and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Applied Economics. 

 

Benjamin Hansen

Benjamin Hansen
University of Oregon, IZA & NBER 

Benjamin Hansen holds the W.E. Miner Chair of economics at the University of Oregon. He primarily researches the economics of risky behaviors, health economics, and crime using applied econometrics. Recently, he has studied the legalization of medical marijuana and its impacts, the deterrent effect of drunk driving laws, and law enforcement strategies. Dr. Hansen has also studied the determinants and consequences of violence and stress in schools. Currently he studying alcohol abuse and domestic violence, technological innovations in correctional institutions and their effect on inmate violence and drug use, and youth suicidality.  Dr. Hansen is a Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).  His work has appeared in the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and the Journal of Law and Economics.

 

Donald Kenkel

Donald Kenkel 
Cornell University & NBER 

Donald Kenkel's expertise is in areas of health economics and public sector economics. Broadly speaking, most of his research is on the economics of disease prevention and health promotion. He is the author of the chapter on "Prevention" in the Handbook of Health Economics (2000). He has conducted a series of studies on the economics of public health policies, including: alcohol taxes and other policies to prevent alcohol problems (Journal of Applied Econometrics 2001, American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings 2005); cigarette taxes to prevent youth smoking (Journal of Political Economy 2002, Journal of Health Economics 2008); and advertising to promote smoking cessation (Journal of Political Economy 2007). His current research is on the economics of cigarette sales on Indian reservations (National Tax Journal 2015) and the economics of tobacco regulation (Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis 2015).

 

Dean Lillard

Dean Lillard
The Ohio State University

Dean Lillard received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department Human Sciences at Ohio State University and Director and Project Manager of the Cross-National Equivalent File study that produces cross-national data. He is a member of the American Economics Association, the Population Association of America, the International Association for Research on Income and Wealth, the International Health Economics Association, the American Society for Health Economics, and a Research Associate at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, Germany. He serves on the advisory board of the Danish National Institute for Social Research in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dean Lillard's current research focuses on health economics, the economics of schooling, and international comparisons of economic behavior.

 

Brandy Lipton

Brandy Lipton
San Diego State University

Brandy Lipton is an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University's Graduate School of Public Health. Her core interests lie in exploring the connections between health care policies and both health and economic outcomes. Much of her work leverages state-level variation in Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program policies, both in the context of past policy decisions and the current implementation of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. She received her PhD in economics from Northwestern University in 2012.

 

Sara Markowitz

Sara Markowitz
Emory University

Sara Markowitz is a Professor of Economics at Emory University and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Markowitz's research interests are on the economics of healthy and unhealthy behaviors, with an emphasis on the health of children and adolescents. She publishes widely in general and specialty academic journals, and serve as an editor of the Southern Economic Journal. Her research has been featured in media publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week. Markowitz has also won numerous research and teaching awards. She is a 1998 graduate of the PhD program in economics from the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

 

Erik Plug

Erik Plug
University of Amsterdam & IZA 

Erik Plug is Professor of Economics at the University of Amsterdam. Erik is the current president of the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE). He is also research fellow at Tinbergen Institute, Uppsala Center for Labor Studies (UCLS), and past president of the European Society of Population Economics (ESPE). His current research interests relate to family, education and labor economics. His work is published in among others American Economic Review, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Political Economy and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Erik received his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Amsterdam in 1997.

 

Joseph P. Price

Joseph P. Price
Brigham Young University, IZA & NBER 

Joseph Price is an Associate Professor of Economics at Brigham Young University, specializing in family, education, health, and behavioral economics. His research has examined various ways to promote positive behaviors in children, issues related to parental investments in children, and the use of sports data to identify various behavioral biases. His research has been funded by the USDA, Spencer Foundation, and Institute for Research on Poverty. He is the Director of the BYU Veggie Project, a co-editor at the Economics of Education Review and a Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research; the Center for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany; and the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture. He received a B.A in Economics from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University.

 

Daniel I. Rees

Daniel I. Rees
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid & IZA

Daniel I. Rees is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the Editor-in-Chief of the Economics of Education Review. He received a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Professor Rees is interested in the determinants and consequences of risky adolescent behavior as well as the effects of chronic health conditions on human capital acquisition. Currently, he is studying the relationship between prenatal stress and child health, the effect of combat exposure on violent crime, and the effects of legalizing medical and recreational marijuana on a variety of outcomes including alcohol consumption, suicides, and traffic fatalities. Professor Rees is an IZA Research Fellow and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and of IZA World of Labor. 

 

David Ribar

David Ribar
Georgia State University & IZA 

David C. Ribar is an applied micro-economist and interdisciplinary scholar whose research focuses on family dynamics, the causes and consequences of economic disadvantage, evaluating programs to alleviate disadvantage, and measuring and modelling well-being in many different contexts. Additionally, he has conducted research on homelessness, child care, the consequences of teenage fertility, the economic motivations behind public and private transfers, people’s time use, and other topics. He is a Professor in the Department of Economics and faculty director of the Child & Family Policy Lab in the Georgia Policy Labs in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He has published in the American Economic Review, American Sociological Review, Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Demography, and other journals. He is a deputy editor of Demography, an associate editor at the Journal of Population Economics and the Review of Economics of the Household, a senior associate editor of the Southern Economic Journal and a member of the editorial boards of Social Service Review and the Journal of Marriage and Family. He is also a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour.

 

Joseph Sabia

Joseph Sabia, Director
San Diego State University & IZA

Joseph J. Sabia is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Health Economics & Policy Studies (CHEPS) at San Diego State University. Dr. Sabia is a labor and health economist whose research examines the economics of risky health behaviors, minimum wage policy, labor market discrimination against sexual minorities, and the effects of war on military families. His work has appeared in such journals as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, the American Journal of Health Economics, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the American Economic Review (Proceedings), and the National Tax Journal. Dr. Sabia's scholarship has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. His research has received funding support from variety of sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute (ESSPRI) at UC-Irvine, the Employment Policies Institute, and the Charles Koch Foundation. Dr. Sabia is a Research Fellow at the Forschungsinstitutzur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA) in Bonn, Germany and at ESSPRI  He received his PhD in Economics from Cornell University and is a faculty affiliate at the Cornell Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities. Prior to his current position at San Diego State University, Dr. Sabia held faculty appointments at the University of Georgia, American University, and the United States Military Academy-West Point.  

 

Kevin Schnepel

Kevin Schnepel
Simon Fraser University & IZA

Kevin Schnepel is an Assistant Professor of Economics at The University of Sydney, a research affiliate of IZA, and a research fellow of the Australian Research Council's Life Course Centre. Kevin is an expert in the economics of crime, health and human development. His research focuses on identifying the key determinants of antisocial behaviour ranging from early-life health influences to conditions impacting the decisions of convicted offenders. This research applies advanced econometric methods to administrative data sets to directly inform policy makers of the potential effectiveness of changes to health, environmental, social, and criminal justice policies across a variety of outcomes.  Since he received his PhD in Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2013, Kevin's research has been accepted in top journals for economists, including the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Economic Journal.

 

Kosali Simon

Kosali Simon
Indiana University & NBER

Kosali Simon is the Herman B Wells Endowed Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Simon is a nationally known health economist who specializes in applying economic analysis in the context of health insurance and health care policy. Her current main research focus is the impact of health insurance reform on healthcare and labor market outcomes. She is also active in national leadership roles in her profession, serving on several boards and in editorial positions. Simon is a research associate of the National Bureau for Economic Research, a group with which she has been affiliated since 2002. She serves as a member of the governing body of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and management (APPAM). She is an associate editor of the Journal of Health Economics and of Health Economics, and an editorial board member of the American Journal of Health Economics, International Journal of Health Economics and Management, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

 

Timothy Smeeding

Timothy Smeeding
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Timothy M. (Tim) Smeeding is the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics . He was director of the Institute for Research on Poverty from 2008–2014. He was named the John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow, American Academy of Political and Social Science, in 2017, and was the founding director of the Luxembourg Income Study from 1983-2006. Professor Smeeding’s recent work has been on social and economic mobility across generations, inequality of income, consumption and wealth, and poverty in national and cross-national contexts.

 

Erdal Tekin

Erdal Tekin
American University, IZA & NBER

Erdal Tekin is an economist in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His primary research interests are in the fields of health economics and demographic economics. Within these fields, the main theme of his research is the economic analysis of risky behaviors and the consequences of prenatal and postnatal conditions and risk factors on the short and long-term outcomes of individuals on a multitude of domains including health, human capital, labor market, and crime. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). In addition, he also serves as an editor for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and the Journal of Population Economics. He is the associate editor for the IZA Journal of Labor Policy.