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Research on Vulnerable Populations turns a critical eye on the dynamics influencing coverage for the poor, immigrants, racial and ethnic minorities, children, and people with chronic mental illness.
Cullen, Julie
Davis, Matthew M.
Flinn, Christopher
Harrington, Mary E.
Haveman, Robert
Lee, Ho Jin
Monheit, Alan C.
Pollack, Harold
Raphael, Steve
Tian, Wei-Hua

Julie Cullen is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California , San Diego. She received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Spring of 1997, and served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar from 1999-2001. Dr. Cullen's research interests fall broadly within the field of public economics. She has authored several papers within the economics of education, investigating the impact of school finance and school choice policies on students, families, schools, and other local government programs. Other studies analyze issues in the design of social insurance programs, such as unemployment insurance and disability insurance. Recent work describes how vulnerable populations fare when energy bills rise, and how cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes for low-income children are influenced by health insurance status.

Matthew M. Davis, MD, MAPP, is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He has developed a research program that focuses on the critical study of financing and delivery of preventive health services within the context of insurance status. He has a particular interest in the economics and practice of immunizations and obesity prevention, and in public policy that impacts the patient-physician relationship regarding these important preventive services. Dr. Davis has received extramural funding for his work from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, has served as an invited speaker for the National Immunization Program and the National Vaccine Advisory Committee. He has published his research in journals such as Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, American Journal of Public Health, and Pediatrics, and has received local and national honors for his research.

Christopher Flinn is Professor of Economics at New York University, a Coeditor of the Journal of Human Resources, and an Associate Editor of the European Economic Review and the Review of Economics of the Household . He is a Research Affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Research Fellow of IZA (Bonn), a member of the Scientific Committee of CHILD at the University of Torino, and has recently been elected as President of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE). He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago after studying demography at the University of Michigan, and has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include labor market dynamics (especially job mobility) and intrahousehold bargaining. He is currently completing a monograph on theoretical and empirical approaches to assessing the impact of the minimum wage on labor market outcomes for the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Other projects in progress include research on the relationship between child outcomes and the marital status of parents (with Meta Brown), the construction and estimation of a model of intrahousehold bargaining and labor market search (with Matt Dey), and the estimation of a model of household labor supply with an endogenous decision of whether to behave cooperatively (with Daniela Del Boca).

Mary Harrington is a Research Investigator for the Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured (ERIU). In addition to translating research findings for policy audiences, she oversees ERIU's research agenda on vulnerable populations and is conducting research on coverage dynamics for low income children and families. Prior to joining ERIU, Ms. Harrington was a Senior Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (MPR), where her research focused on Medicaid, managed care, child health and safety-net programs and providers. While at MPR, she participated in several national evaluations of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and related Medicaid outreach and enrollment efforts. Ms. Harrington received her Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program in Health Services Organization and Policy at the University.

Ho Jin Lee is currently an economist with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He continues to work with academics to finalize research that was initiated, while at the University of California, Irvine, as both a graduate student and a post-doctorate researcher. This research includes work in the fields of public health insurance and public assistance. He earned a bachelors degree from the University of California, San Diego.

Alan C. Monheit is Professor, School of Public Health, Department of Health Systems and Policy, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is also a Research Professor at the UMDNJ Center for Health Economics and Health Policy and at Rutgers University's Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research and its Center for State Health Policy. He has held research positions at the Boston University's Health Policy Institute and School of Medicine and was also Director of the Division of Social and Economic Research in the Center for Cost and Financing Studies, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Monheit's research interests include the relationship between employment and health insurance, health insurance dynamics, the uninsured population, the distribution of health care expenditures, regulation of health insurance markets, and children's access to health care. He is an editor and contributor to Informing American Health Care Policy: The Dynamics of Medical Expenditure and Insurance Surveys, 1987 - 1996 and State Insurance Market Reform: Toward Inclusive and Sustainable Health Insurance Markets. Dr. Monheit received the first Administrator's Award for Health Services Research from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and is a Fellow of the Employee Benefit Research Institute and a member of the National Academy of Social insurance.

Harold Pollack is Associate Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has published widely at the interface between poverty policy and public health. His recent research concerns HIV and hepatitis prevention efforts for injection drug users, drug abuse and dependence among welfare recipients and pregnant women, infant mortality prevention, and child health. His research appears in such journals as Journal of the American Medical Association, Medical Decision Making, Pediatrics, and Social Service Review. Professor Pollack has been appointed to two committees of the Institute of Medicine. He holds masters and doctorate degrees in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Steve Raphael is an associate professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 1996. Raphael's primary fields of concentration are the economics of racial inequality, labor markets, and crime. Raphael has authored several research projects investigating the relationship between racial segregation in housing markets and the relative employment prospects of African-Americans. Raphael has also written theoretical and empirical papers on the economics of discrimination, the role of access to transportation in determining employment outcomes, the relationship between unemployment and crime, the role of peer influences on youth behavior, the effect of trade unions on wage structures, and homelessness.

Wei-Hua Tian is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. She has a Ph.D. (2004) in Economics from the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include Labor Economics, Health Economics, and Public Economics with specializations in analyzing the policy effects of social welfare programs.