Applied Microeconomics

Scott J. Adams Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Economics
University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Dr. Adams received his PhD from the Michigan State University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Scranton.  He works on a number of different policy-related topics in labor economics and health economics, including public smoking bans, employer-provided health insurance, and minimum wage legislation.  His work has been published in the Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics, among other outlets.  He served as a Senior Economist for education, labor and welfare with the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers under both Presidents Bush and Obama.

Discipline: Economics
		

Michael L. Anderson Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Dr. Anderson received his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006) and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Swarthmore College.  His research interests focus on the areas of health economics, environmental economics, and applied econometrics.  His recent work includes papers on the relationship between fast-food and obesity, the effects of health insurance on utilization of health care, and optimal policies in the context of traffic safety.

Discipline: Economics
		

Martha J. Bailey Ph.D.

Cohort 12 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Department of Economics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Bailey received both her PhD in Economics and MA in Economics from Vanderbilt University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College. She is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Affiliate at CESifo, and an IZA Research Fellow.  Her research focuses on issues in labor economics, demography and health in the United States, within the long-run perspective of economic history. Her work has examined the implications of the diffusion of modern contraception for women’s childbearing, career decisions, and the convergence in the gender gap. Most recently, her projects focus on evaluating the shorter and longer-term consequences of Great Society programs, including a recently co-edited book, Legacies of the War on Poverty. She is also the PI of the NSF-funded Longitudinal, Intergenerational Family Electronic Micro-data (LIFE-M) project.

Discipline: Economics
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Christopher "Kitt" Carpenter Ph.D.

Cohort 9 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor of Economics, Department of Economics
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Dr. Carpenter received his PhD in Economics from the University of California-Berkeley. He 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 and the American Cancer Society.  He is also 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.

Discipline: Economics
		

Daniel P. Carpenter Doctorate

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Allie S. Freed Professor of Government, Department of Government
Director, Center for American Political Studies
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Dr. Carpenter received his doctorate from University of Chicago. He conducts research in American politics and political development, political economy, regulation and the history and political economy of pharmaceuticals.  He often blends narrative and statistical methods in his research, trying to harness the contributions of different perspectives.  He is author of The Forging of Bureaucratic Autonomy: Networks, Reputations and Policy Innovation in Executive Agencies, 1862-1928 (Princeton University Press, 2001), and Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA (Princeton University Press, 2010).  His research and writing have appeared in Studies in American Political Development, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and Archives of Internal Medicine, among other professional venues.  He currently serves on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Scientific Standards for Modified Risk Tobacco Products. Professor Carpenter has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and has held grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Alfred Sloan foundation.  He currently serves as co-editor of the journal Studies in American Political Development and is co-director of Harvard’s Medications and Society Program.

Discipline: Political Science
		

John Cawley Ph.D.

Cohort 6 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Departments of Policy Analysis and Management, and Economics
Co-Director, Institute for Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Dr. Cawley received his PhD from the University of Chicago and his AB from Harvard University. John's primary field of research is health economics, with a focus on the economics of obesity. He studies the economic causes of obesity, the economic consequences of obesity, and economic approaches to obesity treatment and prevention.  John was awarded an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research by the RWJF, the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and the Charles C. Shepard Science Award in Prevention and Control by the CDC. John is also a two-time recipient of the Kappa Omicron Nu / Human Ecology Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Advising of students at Cornell. John is an Editor of the Journal of Health Economics, an Associate Editor of Health Economics, and serves on the editorial boards of The American Journal of Health Economics and Economics & Human Biology.  He also serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon).

Discipline: Economics
		

Brigham R. Frandsen Ph.D.

Cohort 17 — Harvard Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
Brigham Young University , Provo, UT

Dr. Frandsen received a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. His research focuses on the causal effect of interventions and institutions on the distribution of individual outcomes in health care, education, and labor markets, and on developing the econometric tools to identify and estimate these effects. Some current projects include a study of the political economy of union wage setting and its effect on the distribution of earnings, and the effect of fragmentation in health care on the distribution of patient outcomes.

Discipline: Economics
		

Seth M. Freedman Ph.D.

Cohort 17 — Michigan Alumni List
Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Dr. Freedman received his PhD from the University of Maryland Department of Economics. His research primarily focuses on the causes and effects of technology diffusion and utilization in health care, including the effects of insurance expansion on hospital technology adoption, the effects of financial incentives on technology use, and the effects of electronic medical records on patient outcomes. His work has been published in journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics and Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research, and he has received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

Discipline: Economics
		

David Frisvold Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Dr. Frisvold received his PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University and his Bachelor of Science in Mathemathical Economics from Wake Forest University. Professor Frisvold’s research interests include health economics and the economics of education. He is interested in understanding whether and how public policies targeted towards children influence their health and education outcomes, and his research specifically focuses on childhood obesity, soft drink taxes, early childhood education, school quality, and food assistance programs.

His research has been published in leading economics and health policy journals including Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Health Affairs and has been funded by various institutes and organizations including the NIH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, University of California Davis Center for Poverty Research, and Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin.
 

Discipline: Economics
		

Ted Gayer Ph.D.

Cohort 6 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Vice President and Director of Economic Studies
Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow
Brookings Institution, Washington, DC

Dr. Gayer received his PhD from Duke University. He conducts research on a variety of economic issues, focusing particularly on public finance, environmental and energy economics, housing, and regulatory policy. Prior to joining the Brookings Institution in September 2009, he was associate professor of public policy at Georgetown University. From 2007 to 2008, he was deputy assistant secretary for Economic Policy at the Department of the Treasury. While at Treasury, he worked primarily on housing and credit market policies, as well as on energy and environmental issues, health care, Social Security and Medicare. From 2003 to 2004, he was a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he worked on environmental and energy policies. From 2006 to 2007, he was a visiting fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, and from 2004 to 2006 he was a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Discipline: Economics
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