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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. Examples of research projects include: the effects of food advertising on diet and of income on weight; the impact of obesity on labor market outcomes such as wages; the effect of physical education on youths; and the effectiveness of financial rewards for weight loss.
John's research has been published in general-interest economics journals (American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Perspectives) as well as journals in health economics (Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics), labor economics (Journal of Human Resources, Labour Economics), public policy (Journal of Policy Analysis and Management) and health policy (Health Affairs, Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law). He is the former co-editor-in-chief of the journal Economics and Human Biology and is an Associate Editor of the journal Health Economics.
His research has been supported by grants from the following sources: the National Institutes of Health; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured; the IBM Center for the Business of Government; the Merck Foundation Center on Consumers, Pharmaceutical Policy, and Health; the University of Michigan Retirement Research Consortium; the U. S. Department of Agriculture; the Institute for the Social Sciences and the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center at Cornell University; and J. P. Morgan Private Bank Global Philanthropic Services.
John's research has been widely covered in the media, including stories in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, The Economist, Business Week, Forbes, Scientific American, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Administrative Responsibilities Internal to Cornell:
Co-Director, Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities
Chair, Academic Integrity Hearing Board, College of Human Ecology
Chair, Search Committee for Economics of Health Behaviors
Cornell University Sesquicentennial Celebrations Social Science Subcommittee
Cornell University Committee on Financial Policies
Executive Committee, Cornell Population Center
Grievance Committee, College of Human Ecology
Administrative Responsibilities External to Cornell:
Associate Editor, Health Economics
Editorial Board, Encyclopaedia of Health Economics
Editorial Board, Economics & Human Biology
Board of Directors, American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon)
National Advisory Committee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research program
Ad Hoc Committee on the Job Market, American Economic Association (AEA)
Scientific Advisory Board of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit, Cambridge University
Selection Committee for the Kenneth J. Arrow Award, International Health Economics Association (IHEA)
Selection Committee for the Vernon Prize, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
Selection Committee for the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators, Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
Cawley, John, and Joshua A. Price. “A Case Study of a Workplace Wellness Program That Offers Financial Incentives for Weight Loss.” Journal of Health Economics, forthcoming 2013.
Cawley, John, David Frisvold, and Chad Meyerhoefer. “The Impact of Physical Education on Obesity among Elementary School Children.” Journal of Health Economics, 2013, 32(4): 743-755.
Cawley, John, and Johanna Catherine Maclean. “Unfit for Service: The Implications of Rising Obesity for U.S. Military Recruitment.” Health Economics, 2012, 21(11): 1348-1366.
Cawley, John and Chad Meyerhoefer. "The Medical Care Costs of Obesity: An Instrumental Variables Approach." Journal of Health Economics, 2012, 31(1): 219-230.
Cawley, John, and Christopher J. Ruhm. “The Economics of Risky Health Behaviors.” Chapter 3 in: Thomas G. McGuire, Mark V. Pauly, and Pedro Pita Barros (editors), Handbook of Health Economics, Volume 2. (Elsevier: New York). pp. 95-199. 2012.
Cawley, John, Euna Han, and Edward C. Norton. "The Validity of Genes Related to Neurotransmitters as Instrumental Variables." Health Economics, 2011, 20(8): 884-888.
Cawley, John (editor). The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity, (Oxford University Press: New York, NY). 2011.
Cawley, John, John Moran, and Kosali Simon. "The Impact of Income on the Weight of Elderly Americans." Health Economics, 2010, 19(8): 979-993.
Coles, Peter, John Cawley, Phillip B. Levine, Muriel Niederle, Alvin E. Roth, and John J. Siegfried. "The Job Market for New Economists: A Market Design Perspective." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2010, 24(4): 187-206.
Burkhauser, Richard V., and John Cawley. "Beyond BMI: The Value of More Accurate Measures of Fatness and Obesity in Social Science Research." Journal of Health Economics, 2008, 27(2): 519-529.
Morrisey, Michael A., and John Cawley. "U.S. Health Economists: Who We Are and What We Do." Health Economics, 2008, 17(4): 535-543.
Cawley, John, Chad Meyerhoefer, and David Newhouse. "The Impact of State Physical Education Requirements on Youth Physical Activity and Overweight." Health Economics, 2007, 16(12): 1287-1301.
Cawley, John, and Michael A. Morrisey. "The Earnings of U.S. Health Economists." Journal of Health Economics, 2007, 26(2): 358-372.
Cawley, John, David Grabowski, and Richard Hirth. "Factor Substitution in Nursing Homes." Journal of Health Economics, 2006, 25(2): 234-247.
Cawley, John, Michael Chernew, and Catherine McLaughlin. "HMO Participation in Medicare Managed Care." Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 2005, 14(3): 543-574.
Cawley, John, and Sheldon Danziger. "Morbid Obesity and the Transition From Welfare to Work." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2005, 24(4): 727-743.
Cawley, John, and Kosali I. Simon. "Health Insurance Coverage and the Macroeconomy." Journal of Health Economics, 2005, 24(2): 299-315.
Cawley, John. "The Impact of Obesity on Wages." Journal of Human Resources, 2004, 39(2): 451-474.
Cawley, John, Sara Markowitz, and John Tauras. "Lighting Up and Slimming Down: The Effects of Body Weight and Cigarette Prices on Adolescent Smoking Initiation." Journal of Health Economics, 2004, 23(2): 293-311.
Cawley, John, James Heckman and Edward Vytlacil. "On Policies to Reward the Value Added by Educators." Review of Economics and Statistics, 1999, 81(4): 720-728.
Cawley, John, and Tomas Philipson. "An Empirical Examination of Information Barriers to Trade in Insurance." American Economic Review, 1999, 89(4): 827-846.