Faculty Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute
Melvin A. Eggers Faculty Scholar
Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Aging and Policy Studies
I am a labor economist and applied statistician (econometrician) with a track record of developing innovative methods to tackle empirical problems that naturally arise in the analysis of issues within the signature themes of CAPS: health and well-being and family and intergenerational support. I am a recognized expert in methods for causal inference in social science (e.g., Evaluation of Public Policies) and I have been invited to deliver courses or workshops on the matter (e.g., at Cornell University and the Luxembourg Institute for Socio-Economic Research). I study the bi-directional effects of a person’s body mass and mental health within the elderly population, exploiting the recent availability of genetic risk scores for each of those conditions. I also study the long-term effects of military conscription and service during the Vietnam era war on several health and well-being outcomes, such as health indicators, mortality, and incarceration.