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Allison Witman

Allison Witman
RTI International

I am a Ph.D. student in Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My research interests are in the fields of Labor and Health Economics. I am particularly interested in the implications of public policies on the health and education of women and children.

My current research examines the impact of provision of public health insurance on household consumption of medical care and household labor supply.  This research project is supported by a Graduate Opportunity Fellowship from UCSB.  My other projects include an article with Heather Royer on intergenerational transmission of health for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Health Economics and an investigation of the relationship between birth order and health in childhood.

Broom Graduate Associate

Allison's researches leading issues in health economics and health policy.Her research focuses on the two largest insurance programs in the United States, Medicare and Medicaid. In one paper, she shows that Medicare's age 65 eligibility cutoff crowds-out the health insurance coverage of younger spouses of Medicare eligible individuals. Another paper demonstrates that Medicaid coverage of smoking cessation therapies reduces smoking among young mothers on Medicaid, not only improving the health of the mother but also potentially reducing secondhand smoke exposure of her children. Her current project focuses on the relationship between family structure and the gender gap in ADHD diagnosis. 

Allison graduated with a PhD in Economics from UCSB. She has taken a position as a Public Health Economist at RTI International.

Publications

Royer, Heather and Allison Witman. 2014.
"Intergenerational Effects on Health - In Utero and Early Life"
for the Encyclopedia of Health Economics produced by Elsevier. 
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