Katherine Meckel

I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California San Diego and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. My research specializes in topics in public finance, health economics, and environmental economics.

I hold a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Yale University.

Find my C.V. here

Published and Forthcoming

Does Managed Care Widen Infant Health Disparities? Evidence from Texas Medicaid” with Ilyana Kuziemko and Maya Rossin-Slater, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 10(3), August 2018

Hydraulic Fracturing and Infant Health: New Evidence from Pennsylvania” with Janet Currie and Michael Greenstone, Science Advances, 3(12), Dec. 2017

“Fetal Origins of Lifetime Health” with Douglas Almond and Janet Currie, The Encyclopedia of Health Economics, Anthony Culyer, Editor, March 2014

Something in the Water: Contaminated Drinking Water and Infant Health” with Janet Currie, Joshua Graff Zivin and Matthew Neidell, The Canadian Journal of Economics, 46(3), Aug. 2013

The Impact of Baby Boomer Retirements on Teacher Labor Markets,” with Daniel Aaronson, Economic Perspectives, 2009(4)

Current Working Papers (please contact me for most recent draft)

“Is the Cure Worse than the Disease? Unintended Consequences of Payment Reform in a Quantity-Based Transfer Program,” December 2018 (R&R: American Economic Review)

“SNAP Benefit Issuance and Grocery Sales, Pricing, and Promotional Behavior” with Jacob Goldin and Tatiana Homonoff, January 2019

"Smoking, Mental Health and Mortality Outcomes in Middle Age," January 2019

Work in Progress

“Are Inspections Going to Waste? Using Machine Learning to Improve EPA Inspection Targeting of Hazardous Waste Facilities,” with Michael Greenstone

“What Drives Geographic Variation in Health Care Utilization? The Case of Pharmaceutical Drugs” with Mark Duggan

Teaching Spring 2019

  • Econ 151: Public Economics
  • Econ 253: Graduate Public Economics: Recent Topics