Michael Pesko

Michael Pesko
J. Rhoads Foster Professor of Economics
E205 Locust Street Building
Research Focus
Applied microeconomics, Health economics

Dr. Pesko's research identifies the effects of health policy changes by combining economics reasoning, causal research methods, and survey and administrative data sources. He has published 75+ peer-reviewed papers, including over 20 e-cigarette policy evaluation papers. He has been funded as PI of multiple R01s from the National Institutes of Health and Research Scholar Grants from the American Cancer Society. His research has been awarded approximately $10 million in funding. Current research funding supports evaluating e-cigarette policies and health insurance mandates for hearing aids and cancer prevention/detection services. Dr. Pesko is also the director of the Tobacco Online Policy Seminar, a free multidisciplinary, international forum for research with tobacco policy implications using experimental or quasi-experimental study designs. He is also a member of the Canadian Scientific Advisory Board on Vaping Products.

Select Publications

The Impact of Legal Abortion on Maternal Mortality (with S. M. Farin and L. Hoehn-Velasco), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, forthcoming.

Cancer Screening Following the Adoption of Paid Sick Leave Mandates (with K. Callison, S. Phillips, and J. A. Sosa), New England Journal of Medicine, 2023.

The Effect of Paid Sick Leave Mandates on Coverage, Work Absences, and Presenteeism (with K. Callison), Journal of Human Resources, 2022.

The Effects of E-cigarette Taxes on E-cigarette Prices and Tobacco Product Sales: Evidence from Retail Panel Data (with C. D. Cotti, C. J. Courtemanche, J. C. Maclean, E. T. Nesson, and N. Tefft), Journal of Health Economics, 2022.

E-Cigarette Minimum Legal Sale Age Laws and Traditional Cigarette Use among Rural, Pregnant Teenagers (with J. M. Currie), Journal of Health Economics, 2019.

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