Donald Kenkel

 

Donald Kenkel

Joan K. and Irwin M. Jacobs Professor
2310 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
 
Phone: 607-255-2594 Fax: 607-255-4071
Email: dsk10@cornell.edu
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Curriculum Vitae
 
Biographical Statement:

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 tobacco regulaton. Another area of research and teaching interest is in cost-benefit analysis of public policies, especially policies that affect health. 

 
Current Professional Activities:

Donald Kenkel has been a member of the department since 1995. Since 2011, he is  jointly appointed as a Professor, Department of Economics.   He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

 
Current Research Activities:

Donald Kenkel's current research includes studies of the economics of smoking, the impact of cigarette and food advertising, and direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceutical products.  He is beginning a new research agenda on the economics of tobacco regulation.

 
Education:

Ph.D. 1987 - University of Chicago
Economics M.A. 1983 - University of Chicago
Economics B.A. 1981 - University of Kentucky, Economics and Mathematics

 
Courses Taught:

PAM 3300 - Intermediate Policy Analysis
PAM 3870/ 5870 Economic Evaluations of Health
PAM 4380 - Economics of Public Health

 
Administrative Responsibilities:

Co-Director, Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities, Cornell Population Center

 
Selected Publications:

DeCicca, P, D.S. Kenkel, and and A. Mathios (2002). "Putting Out the Fires: Will Higher Taxes Reduce the Onset of Youth Smoking?" Journal of Political Economy. 110 (1): 144-169. [abstract]

"Kenkel, D.S. (2005).  "Are Alcohol Tax Hikes Fully Passed Through to Prices? Evidence from Alaska." American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings 95 (2): 273-277. [Link to paper info]

Kenkel, D.S., D. Lillard, and A. Mathios (2006).    “The Roles of High School Completion and GED Receipt in Smoking and Obesity” . Journal of Labor Economics Special Issue in Honor of Mark Berger 24 (3): 635-660. [abstract]

Avery, R.J., D.S. Kenkel, D.Lillard, and A. Mathios (2007). “Private Profits and Public Health: Does Advertising Smoking Cessation Products Encourage Smokers to Quit?” Journal of Political Economy 115 (3): 447-481. [abstract]

DeCicca, P., D.S. Kenkel, and A. Mathios.  (2008).  "Cigarette Taxes and the Transition from Youth to Adult Smoking: Smoking Initiation, Cessation, and Participation." Journal of Health Economics 27 (4): 904-917. [abstract]

DeCicca, P, D.S. Kenkel, and F. Liu (2013). "Who Pays Cigarette Taxes? The Impact of Consumer Price Search." Review of Economics and Statistics 95 (2): 516 - 519.

 
Searchable Keywords:
health economics, public health, tobacco control, cost-benefit analysis

 
The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.