I am currently a Prevention Effectiveness Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I earned my PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. 

My current work covers multiple topic areas. My dissertation dealt with the costs of air pollution, pollution avoidance behavior, and the impact of the built environment on obesity. I am preparing these papers for publication.

 At the CDC, I work on the Economics and Modeling Team in the Division of STD Prevention. My projects include evaluating the impact of federal STD prevention funding on incidence and racial/ethnic disparities, a cost effectiveness analysis of chlamydia screening and partner notification (joint with Harvard's Prevention Policy Modeling Lab), a cost study of rapid syphilis testing in non-clinical settings, and more. 

With Propeller Health, I am working on multiple projects that estimate the impact of air pollution on asthma medication use.

Contact: austinmerrellwilliams@gmail.com