Broadus Mitchell Assistant Professor
My main research focus is health and most of my current work investigates how medical innovation creates value. I examine the impact of pharmaceutical advances not just on health, but also on quality-of-life and other economically important choices and outcomes. In one paper, I consider how health and labor interact by jointly modeling the treatment choices and employment decisions of HIV+ men. I find that rational, forward-looking agents sometimes cycle off of the most effective treatments in order to avoid debilitating side-effects that exacerbate the utility cost of work. In another paper, I show that much of the value of medical innovation can accrue to forward-looking and healthy agents who anticipate some possibility of future illness. In a third project, I consider a potential unintended consequence of medical advances, asking whether improved HIV treatments have reduced domestic violence against HIV+ women. Finally, my research agenda includes projects reflecting my interests in education, entrepreneurship and experimental Economics.
Please see my personal website for a list of research papers.