I am a health economist with main research interests in the determinants of health behavior, outcomes, and inequality.
I work as a Research Economist in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch of the Food Economics Division at USDA, Economic Research Service.
My current research program examines how nutrition information, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, labor supply, and other economic factors affect health behaviors and outcomes. My active projects include researching:
- The effects of unemployment, food and nutrition, and income support programs on food insecurity among Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic;
- How much adult obesity prevalence in the U.S. has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic overall and across subpopulations;
- Consumer and producer responses to packaged food labeling and restaurant menu labeling regulations in the U.S.;
- How much the relationship between eating out and dietary intake has changed in the U.S. over time;
- Whether heterogeneity in eating patterns can help to explain differences in U.S. adult obesity rates by SNAP participation; and
- The mechanisms driving the rural-urban mortality disparities in the U.S. that have grown in recent decades.
My research has been published in peer-reviewed economics journals, public health journals, and government reports. Click here for a copy of my CV.
More Alcohol, Less Smoking Fueled COVID-19 Weight Gain, April 4, 2022.
Medscape mentions a recent publication that estimated the changes in adult obesity prevalence and obesity-related risk factors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study finds significantly higher obesity prevalence rates, which may have been partly fueled by an increase in alcohol intake and a decrease in cigarette smoking.