Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities

The Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities (HEHBAD) supports and strengthens the intellectual community at Cornell studying health economics, in particular the economics of health behaviors such as smoking, alcohol abuse, drug use, risky sex, diets and sedentary lifestyles that contribute to obesity. Activities of the Institute include a weekly lunchtime research seminar, course sequences at both the Ph.D. and advanced undergraduate levels, and hosting visiting scholars. The Institute, co-directed by John Cawley and Don Kenkel, is operationally housed within Policy Analysis and Management.

Activities

The Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities supports and strengthens the intellectual community at Cornell studying health economic behaviors such as smoking, alcohol abuse, drug use, risky sex, and diets and sedentary lifestyles that contribute to obesity. Activities of the Institute include a weekly lunchtime research seminar, course sequences at both the Ph.D. and advanced undergraduate levels, and hosting visiting scholars. The Institute, co-directed by John Cawley and Don Kenkel, is operationally housed within the department of Policy Analysis and Management. 

Directors

John Cawley and Don Kenkel are professors in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell, and are Research Associates of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Their research focuses on the economics of health behaviors, such as cigarette smoking (Kenkel and Cawley), drinking alcohol (Kenkel), and the diet and physical activity patterns that contribute to obesity (Cawley). The courses they teach include a graduate and undergraduate course sequences in health economics and health behaviors. They direct the Institute with the objective of supporting and strengthening the intellectual community at Cornell studying health economics, in particular the economics of health behaviors.

Professor John Cawley left  and Professor Don Kenkel Right